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5 Transition Tips for Students with Disabilities

Is your child with a disability graduating high school this year? Are you a youth with a disability graduating this year? Here are 5 key tips to follow to transition to adult life!
  1. Does your written transition goal in your Individual Education Plan (IEP) accurately reflect what you want to do when you graduate high school?  If it needs modified IN ANY WAY, propose the change ASAP!  This is YOUR goal when you graduate.  Make sure your transition plan reflects what YOU want.
  2. You transition plan must identify all of the services you need for you to reach your goal successfully.
  3. Has the school informed you of all the services that Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can provide you?  Have they told you specifically how to get a hold of and apply for VR services?  For qualifying students with disabilities, VR can pay for lots of different supports to obtain a career, including college or vocational preparatory costs, tuition for college or technical school, specialized job training, books, transportation, job coach assistance, mental health assistance, transportation services, tutoring, work skills training, daily living skills training, on-the-job training, supported employment, job placement services, clothes and shoes for work, and much more.
  4. Vocational Rehabilitation Services will be providing a lot of the services you need to find a career after graduation.  Therefore, make sure you (or your parent) have signed you up for VR services.  You can apply for VR services by downloading the application here.  Complete the application and return to the VR office serving your area. Click here for information about VR services.
  5. The Disability Rights Center of Kansas assists Kansans in securing their rights to transition and VR services. If you are having trouble getting the transition services you need, please call DRC at 1-877-776-1541, email is at info@drckansas.org or find us on the web at www.drckansas.org