Transition Planning

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  • Let’s talk about what’s next for you!

    Planning for Life after High School

    As you near the end of your high school career, you may be wondering what comes next. It can be a little scary to think about the fact that the thing you’ve done for most of your life – gone to school – will no longer be necessary. Luckily, there is support for students as you make the move to life after high school .

  • Planning is important!

    What will you learn in this module?

    This module is designed to provide you and your family with some information that will help you plan for your future and think about skills that you may want to build before you leave high school. This process is called transition planning. It is designed to allow you to develop a plan to build on your strengths, work on your needs, and get supports in place before you leave school.

  • What do I want to do after graduation?

    Why is transition planning important?

    Like you, your teachers and parents probably have ideas, hopes and dreams about what you should do with your life after high school. You may or may not agree with those plans.

    One of the most important things that you can do during the transition planning process is to be involved in planning for your own future. You should think about where you want to end up and how you want to get there.

  • How do I decide what is next for me?

    What is transition planning?

    During the transition planning process, you will work with the school to identify the supports you need to achieve your goals – the school will call these a coordinated set of activities.

    These activities might include:

    • classes or out of school instruction

    • exploring jobs and careers

    • becoming part of your community through volunteering or taking the bus

    • making connections to adult services like vocational rehabilitation

  • What should I do?

    What are your responsibilities in transition planning?

    As the person who is at the center of this transition planning process, you have lots of responsibilities.  Your primary job is to learn about yourself – what you like and don’t like, what works for you and what doesn’t – this is called self-awareness.  We talked a lot about self-awareness in "Navigating the World of Work". 

    What are my goals?


    In this module, we will talk about why self-awareness is so important during transition planning, and how you can become more self-aware – to learn more about what YOUR goals, hopes and dreams are for yourself.

    I have a question!

    Speak up for yourself!

    Another responsibility you have during the transition process is to learn how to speak up for yourself and to ask for what you need. This is called self-determination.

    Wow, there's a lot to learn!

    Understanding systems

    You will also have to learn about the systems you might find yourself involved in after school. Work is a system, as is health care and benefits and further education.  In this module, we’ll talk about why it’s important to understand the rules of these systems as you become an adult, and how you can learn what those rules are.  Part of this systems awareness is learning how to be an active participant in planning for your future.  

    I am in charge of my future!

    Take the lead

    As a result, when transition planning starts, you will begin playing an active role in your IEP meetings.  Hopefully, by the time you are ready to graduate, you can even help direct these meetings, using a process called person-centered planning.  After all, the goal of these meetings is to help you plan for your future!

  • Let’s see if you remember the key points!


    Your life will probably be pretty different after high school.


    TRUE. For most of your life you’ve had to go to school all day. After high school, you get to make a lot more decisions about how to spend your time. You also have a lot more responsibility – to make money, to contribute to your family, and to build a life for yourself as an adult. This is an exciting time, but it can also be a little scary. Make sure you use the support that is available while you are still in school to plan for these changes.

    My teachers will take care of transition planning. I don’t have to do anything.


    FALSE. You should lead your transition planning process with the support of people at school. After all, it’s your future!

    Transition planning is just more meetings where people talk about me.


    FALSE. During the transition planning process you will have meetings, but what happens in those meeting is supposed to link to the classes that you take, the work experiences that you have and even the extra-curricular activities that you are involved in. Transition planning is to help you try some things out so you can make a plan for your future.

    Understanding what you like and don’t like and understanding what works for you and what doesn’t work for you is called self-awareness.


    TRUE. Self-awareness means that you understand what makes you happy and what you need to be your best. It is a critical to skill to have when you are an adult as you are the person who will be making decisions about your future.

  • Let’s review this chapter!


    What comes next?  Transition planning helps you decide what comes after high school.  It puts you in charge of planning for your own future while you still have help.  Your school and your PROMISE team will help you to think about what classes you should take to get ready for life after high school, what jobs you might want to try, and how you can get involved in your community.


    What is transition?  Transition is all of the planning that the school helps you do to be an adult. 


    What do you have to do during transition? 

    • Learn about yourself – what you like and don’t like, what works for you and what doesn’t so that you can plan for your life after high school.
    • Learn to speak up for yourself and ask for what you need.
    • Learn about the rules that apply when you are an adult.

  • Chapter complete!