In LISD the goal of transition planning and services is to graduate students to meaningful, sustainable lives regardless of their disability. Our system capitalizes on the collaboration between the student, family and staff to guide not only academics, but also develop other skills that are important for a student’s future. Depending on the student’s disability this area may be even more challenging than academics.
We strongly encourage families with children as young as three years old to begin talking about what outcomes they envision for their child. A student’s involvement in their ARD meeting is a crucial way to help them develop a voice in their lives. Depending on their disability younger children may be able to introduce themselves and others in attendance or provide visuals of their successes for the year. By middle school the goal is for students to be leading their own ARD meetings.
LISD utilizes assessments and sometimes visual tools like a VISIT (Visual Interactive Support In Transition) or Person Centered Planning to develop an appropriate plan and goals that honor the student’s dreams. In high school vocational classes ranging from work based learning to vocational assistance classes may be appropriate for students focusing on their employment skills. As a student progresses through our system the data may show that they are in need of additional transition services via our 18+ services known as SELF (Skills for Enhancing Lifelong Fulfillment).
We invite you to explore the many areas of transition planning via the resources available below.