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Topic Areas > Indicator 13: Transition

Eight Components of a Transition IEP
The eight required components of a transition IEP.

Justice Department Settlement Regarding ADA

In a Dec. 29, 2015, order, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon approved a settlement agreement between the Justice Department, a class of private plaintiffs and the state of Oregon, which resolved the department’s and the class plaintiffs’ claims against the state under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Introducing Case Examples

Case samples on three students, based on original information posted on the NSTTAC website (now NTAC). Examples include how districts might develop Post-secondary Goals, Transition Services and Course of Student using Oregon requirements and forms. 

YTP- Best Practices

As a best practice, YTP Transition Specialist should share YTP client progress notes electronically with their Vocation Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) partners on a systematic and scheduled basis.  Every 2 months would be a good schedule to consider.

Language -- Who Hears What?

A chart about terms used and what is heard: Communication is understanding the emotion and intentions behind the speaker and the listener.  Effective communication can lead to collaboration when the meanings are understood by all of the IEP team members

What's My Next Move?

A guide to exploring careers using online documents from the U.S. Department of Labor

US Department of Education page for Parents

US department of Education: Parents/My child's special needs webpage has a resources list

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

A clear explanation of Pre-Employment Transition Services for students 14-21 prior to qualifying for Vocational Rehabilitation. This document includes the relationship between IDEA and WIOA, what Pre-ETS services look like, and how to request services.


It is important to be aware of legislation and reform initiatives that are being developed that impact transition for all youth, including students with disabilities. Here is a list of "buzz words" with their definitions

Person Centered Planning Education Site

Person-centered planning is a process-oriented approach to empowering people with disability labels. It focuses on the people and their needs by putting them in charge of defining the direction for their lives, not on the systems that may or may not be available to serve them. This ultimately leads to greater inclusion as valued members of both community and society.

Family to Family Health Information

Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center at OHSU: Resources for families of youth aged 13-17: teen recreation and sports, adolescent social-emotional and mental health, learning and education  for 13-17, transition to adult health care

Oregon DHS - Person Centered Planning
Person-Centered activities (planning, tools approaches) assist people to express what is important to them, how they want to be supported, and how they want to live.

Information & Resources for Promoting Self-Determination

The Let’s Get to Work Library of Self-Determination Resources will help you explain to teams why self-determination is so important in transition and expanding the scope of ways you teach it. Some of the resources are stand-alone, while others can be used with additional items as indicated within the documents. The library of resources can be found at http://www.letsgettoworkwi.org/index.php/lgtw-project-resources/self-determination-resource-library/

National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

As a national technical assistance center funded by the federal Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families

Youth Hood

YouthHood: This Web site was built to help you plan for the future. What will you do after high school? Will you work? Go to college? Live in a place of your own? By using this Web site, you can plan for your future right now!

Career Exploration & Skill Development

Finding a job can be a challenge for youth. They must determine what careers are available, what their interests are, and what skills they have or need to develop. Numerous resources listed on this site are available to help youth get a sense of their interest and skills as well as gain employment experience and learn about employment opportunities.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

 This booklet discusses "how to go through the career exploration process"

Oregon Department of Education: Information on Special Education

Special Education staff within ODE has the primary responsibility for assuring that young children and students with disabilities receive an appropriate education program in the least restrictive environment.  This happens through collaboration with families, districts, agencies, and programs to ensure quality services.  Our website is a resource to parents, teachers and administrators and provides access to available information, documents and guidelines.

Disability Rights Oregon

Our mission is to promote and defend the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Person-Centered Planning/One Page Profile Resource

   FACT Oregon's Person-centered Planning page has templates for Person-centered Profile and sample Person-centered plans.

Transition Planning

NTACT/Transition Planning: Resources to guide Transition Planning from elementary into post-secondary. Includes guidance documents and frameworks.

Transition Planning for Students with IEPs

Transition planning for students with IEPS: learn how this part of the IEP allows a teen in special education to outline goals that will help him/her achieve his/her post-high school plans

Transition Education Network- Eugene Oregon

At TEN, we have the vision that each student who completes our program with have the skills and supports in place to be able to carry out an individualized, functional life plan.


eParent provides practical advice, emotional support and educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs as well as to the physicians, allied health care professionals, and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development

Disability Disclosure -- update to 411 on Disability disclosure

This document is a supplement to The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities , which helps youth learn about disability disclosure and what it means for them. Since that workbook was developed in 2005 there have been many advances in technology that have changed what youth need to know about disability disclosure.

College and Career Readiness Center

The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center) is dedicated to ensuring all students graduate high school ready for college and career success. The mission of the CCRS Center is to serve Regional Comprehensive Centers in building the capacity of states to effectively implement initiatives for college and career readiness and success.

Transition Coalition at the Unversity of Kansas

The mission of the Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas is to maximize professional development in secondary school reform and transition.  Transition Coalition site includes trainings, resources, products, presentations, assessment guide, and quality indicators.

Alternative Assessments

Oregon's Extended Assessments are alternate assessments designed specifically for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The decision to administer Oregon's Extended Assessment (the alternate assessment) can only be made by the student's IEP team -- including the parent.

Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities

Secondary transition for students with disabilities page includes information about PSO training, transition conference, Transition Path to Adulthood folder, a transition guide and other resources.

Transition Documents

The following documents will assist school districts, students, parents, and others in planning for the next step after leaving high school.

Transition Resources - Oregon Department of Education

Oregon Department of Education, Education programs & Secondary transtion: National Transition Resources list

IDEA Partnership at NASDSE

The IDEA Partnership reflects the collaborative work of more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance providers, and organizations and agencies at state and local level.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) was originally funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs from 2000-2008, during which time it partnered with six major organizations also focused on the secondary education and transition of youth with disabilities. NCSET coordinated national resources, offered technical assistance, and disseminated information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.  Although NCSET is no longer funded through OSEP, we continue to disseminate resources via this website with support from the Institute on Community Integration in the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development.

Oregon Health Plan or Medicaid

Home page for the Oregon Health Plan.  This page includes information about the Oregon Health Plan and Quick links to health care resources.

Oregon Youth Transition Program (YTP)

The purpose of the YTP is to prepare students with disabilities for employment or career related post-secondary education or training through the provision of a comprehensive array of pre-employment transition services and supports.

Swindell's Resource Center

Swindell's Resource Center of Providence Child Center supports parents and caregivers of children who have special needs, developmental delays or disabilities. We provide resources, information and education to communities throughout Oregon and southwest Washington.

ARC of Oregon
The Arc Oregon, together with its network of members and affiliated chapters, advocates for the rights and full community participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities members of our community.

ChoiceMaker Self-Determination Curriculum
The ChoiceMaker Curriculum is designed to teach students the self-determination skills needed to be successful in adult life.  The ChoiceMaker Curriculum consists of three strands: (1) Choosing Goals, (2) Expressing Goals, and (3) Taking Action. Each strand addresses teaching objectives in three transition areas: Education, Employment, and Personal.

School to Adult Life Transition

Updated, February 2018 This page is designed to connect you with basic information about transition planning. We’ve included articles, guides, and online trainings designed for specific audiences, because we all process and use information from the vantage point of why we want to know and what we’re going to do with the info.

National Association of Special Education Teachers

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is the only national membership organization dedicated solely to meeting the needs of special education teachers and those preparing for the field of special education teaching.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. We accomplish our mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development.

Detailed look at the Career Development Process

For HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Explore these topics for a more detailed look at the career development process and steps that are important for your high school age child. You will find practical ideas about ways you can support your child’s future. You will discover the possibilities for education and training after high school. And you will be able to get tips, checklists, activities, and other resources.

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

AUCD's mission is to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of all people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities by supporting our members in research, education, health, and service activities that achieve our vision.

National Parent Center on Transition and Employment (PACER)

PACER Center enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others.  With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER's work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation.

E-Ready Special Education Information

National PTA, Special Education toolkit helps make sense of an often confusing system and educates families of newly diagnosed children with special needs on how to get the best special education, services and resources available to them.


National Technical Assistance Center on Transition, Our purpose is to assist SEAs, LEAs, State VR Agencies, and other VR service providers to implement evidence-based and promising practices (EBPPs) to ensure students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, stay in school, progress in school and graduate with knowledge, skills and supports needed to succeed in post-secondary education and employment. 

Skills to Pay the Bills

Office of Disability Employment Policy has listed under Youth in Transition a pdf and a video series titled "Soft Skills to Pay the Bills-- Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success

Planning for Your Transition From High School to Adult Life

Since 2000, the Rural Institute has focused several of our projects on customized community employment for youth with significant disabilities. We have developed and implemented unique models of transition planning that continue to evolve as we learn more from the youth and families with whom we work.

Creating Workability

We specialize in innovative training and technical assistance to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are a vital part of the workforce.

Project Access

The purpose of Project Access is to establish, implement, and evaluate a multi-level interagency transition model in the state of Oregon. The overall goal of the project is to improve and extend transition services to a greater number of youth with disabilities through a model program that brings vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRC's) into high school settings.

Guardianship and Other Options to Help Another Person Make Decisions

If a person becomes incapable of making decisions on their own about their medical treatment or everyday life, and their health or safety may be in danger, they may need someone to assist them. There are resources and the booklet Options in Oregon to Help Another Person Make Decisions give an overview of guardianship, conservator and other decision-making arrangements.

CIS Demonstration Video

The Oregon Career Information System (CIS) provides a system of occupational and educational information to help Oregonians learn about the world of work and education. We work with schools, colleges, social agencies, and businesses who provide career guidance and employee development services.

Memorandum of Understanding on Transition of Students with Disabilities to the Workforce

Memorandum of Understanding on Transition of Students with Disabilities to the Workforce

On February 2, 2015, the Memorandum of Understanding on Transition of Students with Disabilities to the Workforce was signed by the Office of Developmental Disabilities, Services Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Oregon Department of Education, and Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities

The MOU vision is through strong agency collaboration, youth with disabilities will transition into competitive integrated employment or post-secondary education/training.

Oregon Executive Order No. 15-01

Oregon Executive Order No. 15-01

On February 2, 2015, Oregon’s Executive Order No. 15-01 was signed by Governor Kate Brown.  This Order addresses employment services for those who have intellectual or developmental disabilities, as well as services to transition-aged students with disabilities.

Accessing the Dream: Preparing Deaf-Blind Youth for a Self-Determined Life

All young adults who are deaf-blind need extensive transition planning and services in order to experience success in adult life. Transition Institutes have historically sought to bring together young adults and their families to build skills and provide training in the pursuit of better personal transition outcomes. The 2012 and 2015 Transition Institutes provided opportunities to capture interviews with youth, families, and service providers to share their perspectives on the experience of transition.

Data Quality Campaign

Data is one of the most powerful tools to inform, engage, and create opportunities for students along their education journey—and it‘s much more than test scores. Data helps us make connections that lead to insights and improvements. Everyone has an important role to play in helping all students succeed in their own individualized ways.

Oregon Commission for the Blind

The Oregon Commission for the Blind works directly with individuals who are legally blind or likely to become legally blind in the near future to promote the confidence and skills necessary for successful employment. Our Youth Transition Services focuses on working with eligible students starting at 14 years, in order to successfully transition from high school to the workforce, college, or other post-secondary training.

Internet Special Education Resources (ISER)

ISER is a directory of special education-related professionals, organizations and schools. We help parents find local special education professionals for learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder assessment, therapy, advocacy, critical teen issues and other special needs.

Special Education Acronyms

A glossary of acronyms commonly used in literature and services concerning special education and transition.

Person Centered Thinking

Person-Centered Thinking  and planning, placing the student at the “center” of their own planning activities for the future.  Includes examples of student behaviors in the planning process.

Agency Awareness and Attendance

Requirements and guidelines for identifying other agencies (e.g. Vocational Rehabilitation, College-Disability Services, Independent Living Centers) that will be invited to send a representative to the IEP meeting. 

Summer Work Internship for Transition

SWIFT, a 7-week residential program at Portland State University, gives youth a taste of the world of work and independent living.  This fact sheet lists experiences students may have and eligibility requirements for the program.

IDEA Secondary Transition Services

IDEA secondary Transition Services : means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that is designed to be within a results-oriented process that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities

Top Tips for Successful Transition

A list of tips for a successful transition process

Individual Planning Terms
 Terms such as IEP, IPE, ISP, and person-centered planning are listed and defined

Transition Planning Examples

Examples of transition planning with post-secondary goals, transition services, and course of study filled for three students

Transition Planning Checklist for IEP Teams

A picture of a transition planning checklist for IEP teams, it also shows suggestions and information

Example of Three Completed SOP
Three completed examples of Summary of Performance

Summary of Performance (SOP) form and directions

The form to use for summary of performance.  It also includes directions, and compliance citation.

CTP Student Summary of Performance - Springfield
Summary of Performance

A clear explanation of the Summary of Performance requirements, including tips to complete the SOP form.

Title IV-B Disclaimer of Endorsement

The presentations and documents funded by Title IV-B 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) included in Oregon Department of Education (ODE) conferences, and/or posted on ODE web sites may include links to information and resources created by other public and private organizations. These resources, materials and links are provided for the user's convenience and to benefit program quality in Title IV-B. ODE does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this non-ODE information. The inclusion of these links is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse views expressed, or products or services offered, on non-ODE sites.

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