STEP Services for TN Schools
What is "Transition?"
Transition means changing from one thing to another. Transition from school refers to the time your child leaves public school and enters the adult community to live and work.
Transitions can be exciting because the next step your child takes will be a whole new adventure. Transitions can also be a little scary because your child might have to learn how to do things they haven’t done before.
What happens when the school bus stops coming?
This is an important question for a student with a disability and their family. Don't wait until the bus stops coming to plan for how a student will spend their day and the rest of their life. In Tennessee, transition planning must start when a student is 14 years of age. Transition should continue until plans and outcomes result in the individual developing skills that will enable them to live, learn, play, and contribute in their community in a way that they are happy and supported or protected when needed.
Some things to consider about transition planning:
- What services and supports now provided by the school will no longer be available?
- What changes at age 18?
- Where and how does someone get adult services?
- Why is it important to make plans early?
- How is the student giving input into the plan?
- What role does the family, school and other providers play in planning?
- What are the timelines and rules of the adult service delivery system, including: Social Security, Vocational Rehab., and Medicaid Waiver?
For many students with disabilities the success of this transition from school to adult life depends on teamwork and collaboration between the schools and community resources.
STEP, Inc. has made available training tools including short videos on our YouTube channel, several transition services links, training materials to download, archived webinars and resources and our newest addition Dude, Where's My Transition Plan? booklet. This booklet is a collaborative project of Family Voices of Tennessee, a program of the Tennessee Disability Coalition, and the Kentucky Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs and Family to Family Health Information Center.
For easy download, you can access the Transition Booklet here.
Other resources can be located under the “Transition” tab listed in the menu on the left and throughout our website.
If you need assistance with Transition Planning, please contact the STEP Coordinator in your area of the state!
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