Transition Services

Last Updated: June 20, 2018

Definition - What does Transition Services mean?

Transition services are a network of activities that help youths with disabilities assimilate into their communities by planning, developing, and implementing personal and career-oriented objectives in preparation for entering adulthood. The purpose of transition services is to promote autonomous growth from an early age until the individual reaches age of majority (legal adult). An Individualized Education Program (IEP) provides a basis for focusing on specific interests, preferences and skills that facilitate different aspects of life. Individuals learn practical methods to achieve positive outcomes in areas such as gainful employment, health care assistance, higher education, housing, and transportation services.

WorkplaceTesting explains Transition Services

For individuals with disabilities, adult experiences can be challenging or problematic without utilizing transition services to maneuver through life. Some youths may require additional support, supplemental funding, and/or auxiliary health care coverage depending on the nature and severity of their disability. Although people with disabilities encounter biases about mental and/or physical limitations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination while furnishing reasonable accommodations. Unless a disability imposes undue hardship to the employer, viable solutions can be introduced to allow young adults with mental and/or physical impairments to enter the workforce on par with their non-disabled colleagues.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a program that assists individuals with disabilities in career placement opportunities. Since the job market is competitive, transition services are crucial in landing secure employment through job counseling, proper training applications, performing apprenticeships and/or internships, and receiving feedback about post secondary education. Since the legislation of the Affordable Care Act, federal and state funding programs increased health care coverage to youths with disabilities combined with more favorable economic benefits.

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