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
- Establish and oversee transitions for students in grades 7 - 12
- career and vocational exploration/development
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with students/parents/guardians
- provide resources/links/information to families
- 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);
coutinuingand 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.