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At Michigan School for the Deaf, transition planning involves the following key areas:

Student Focused Planning

  • IEP Development in collaboration with the student, family and staff
  • EDP development and annual revisions/updates
  • Data collection to determine student strengths, needs, preferences and career interests
  • Student/parent participation/input

Student Development

  • Establish and oversee transitions for students in grades 7 - 12
  • career and vocational exploration/development
  • assessment

Family Involvement

  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with students/parents/guardians
  • provide resources/links/information to families

Agency/Organization Collaborations

  • establish collaborative relationships with MRS offices
  • identify and facilitate post-high school supports, services and/or programs
IDEA (INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITY EDUCATION ACT), THE FEDERAL LAW AND MARSE (MICHIGAN ADMINISTRATIVE RULES FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION) DEFINES TRANSITION SERVICES AS:
  • Is designed to be within results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate that child's movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment); coutinuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.
  • Is based on the individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests.
  • Includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

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