Post-Secondary Transition

IDEA requires the consideration of transition needs for students to be in effect when the student turns age 16 or younger if deemed appropriate by IEP team.

Effective Secondary Transition Planning and Services are critical to post-school success in education, training, integrated employment, and independent living or community engagement. Multiple factors contribute to a successful life after high school.

The purpose of transition services, coordinated by schools, is to facilitate students with disabilities moving from school to post-school activities. In the state of Hawaii, this process involves students with disabilities, families, educators, community service providers, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), the Department of Health (DOH), counselors, and employers, who are critical to a student’s life and should collaborate to achieve independence and successful post-secondary outcomes, after high school.

JNP-Family Engagement Transition Toolkit is designed especially for emerging young adults with disabilities to utilize as a resource to support the course of transition planning for postsecondary education and employment. Information has been included that will help families, caregivers, school counselors, and service providers by offering guidance as you develop your academic or employment goals. It can also assist in identifying appropriate agencies, institutions, and programs that may best match your needs and interests as you plan your transition.

Special Parent Information Network (SPIN) (link: is a parent-to-parent organization in Hawaii that provides information, support, and referral to parents of children and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who serve them.

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