The IDEA also dictates that each student should have a Transition Plan in place, beginning at age 16. According to Wrightslaw.com, a special education law site:
- Transition services are a coordinated set of activities that promote movement from school to such post-school activities as post-secondary education, vocational training, employment, adult services, independent living and community participation. They must be based on the individual student's needs, taking into account his or her preferences and interests. Transition services must include instruction, community experiences, and development of employment and other post school adult living objectives. If appropriate, daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation may also be included.
Parents must be pro-active in ensuring that transition is a part of IEP (Individualized Education Plan) planning as soon as it is legally possible. Ideally, parents should also be clear on what they feel is appropriate and/or necessary for their child's successful transition. As possible, the teen with autism should be an active part of the transition planning process; his or her input will help determine what supports, opportunities and educational programs are put in place.