Transition Planning

CHAPTER 6:
Goal development and transition planning

  • Let’s write your goals!

    How do you develop goals?

    Transition planning is based on your goals, the things you like, and the things that you are interested in.  It should include the courses you will take, the activities the school helps you to do in the community (like jobs or volunteer experiences), and connections to people who can help you after school (like a vocational rehabilitation counselor).

  • Let's look at my Person-Centered Planning meeting notes!

    What should be included in your goals?

    The information that you gather from your person-centered planning process and from all of the assessments and work experiences you had should be reflected in the goals that end up in your IEP during transition.  

    Make sure you think about what help and support you might need along the way with your transition team. This will help to make sure that you don't get lost along the path to your future.

    Think about the classes you take and how they will help you to get to that long-term goal.  If you need extra help to be successful in those classes, whether it is a support person or a tool, make sure it’s in your IEP so the school will make sure that you get it.    

  • What are these goals for?

    What is the purpose of your transition goals?

    Your transition goals set your path to the future. These goals might include things like working in a career you are interested in, or going to a community college for vocational certification, or going to a college or university to get a degree. The connection to your IEP transition goals and your future should be pretty clear. If it's not, make sure you ask questions during your IEP meeting!

    Remember that the purpose of your transition goals is to help you achieve the things that you want to be able to do after high school.

    Each year when you write your goals with your IEP team, make sure that you are moving along a path, step-by-step, that will get you to your ultimate goal for your life after high school. It might help to talk through potential goals for your IEP with your PROMISE Case Manager and/or your parents before the meeting to make sure that you keep moving along that path to your future.

    My goals really helped!

  • I can help after high school!

    Connecting to adult services

    If your path to the future is going to involve the support of another agency in your community after you leave high school, it is a good idea to start inviting them to your IEP meetings. This will help to make sure that you get connected before you leave school. Some systems will require that you go through a process to get services. Starting this before you leave school will mean that you don’t have to spend a year at home waiting to get the ball rolling. Rather you can move right from help in high school to getting help as an adult. 

    ACCES-VR

    ACCES-VR is the agency in NYS that helps people with cognitive, sensory, physical, or emotional disabilities to find jobs after they leave high school. They have offices across the state. The easiest way to begin with ACCES-VR is to get a referral through your school. That way, the school can help with the application process and share information that they have learned about your goals in high school so you can easily continue your journey to a career.

    NYS Department of Labor

    If you need help finding a job, a training program or learning more about your options but you don’t qualify for ACCES-VR services, the American Job Center (formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers) might be a good place to start. The local office offers career center events, career fairs and recruitments, terminals to look for jobs and information on apprenticeship and training programs. You can find one  in your area.
    Independent Living

    Independent living is all about deciding for yourself what to do with your life. There are centers in many communities that can help you to do that. These centers are run by people with disabilities. They don’t have houses or group homes that you can live it, but they can help you learn the skills you need to live on your own (like how to budget or how to ask for what you need). So, if you want to live in the community on your own after you graduate or even if you want to be able to do more things in your community (like take the bus or manage your own money) independent living centers can help. If you have goals in these areas in high school, make sure to include someone from the local ILC  in your IEP team meetings. Your PROMISE team can help connect you.
    Sometimes you might want some additional support for being a part of your community that isn’t necessarily related to working. There are a number of agencies that help people with disabilities (like intellectual disabilities or people with mental health issues) to find a supportive place to live; to find clubs, programs or activities to go to during the day; or to get case management support to keep track of medical or other issues. These large organizations can help you find and in some cases pay for programs and services that are right for you.

    Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

    OPWDD  helps people in NY who have developmental disabilities (like Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and other neurological impairments to be part of their communities. They can even help with your person centered planning meeting if you qualify for services. Talk to your PROMISE team to see if this service might be right for you.

    New York State Office of Mental Health

    OMH  helps people who live in NYS who have mental health diagnosis. They can help with community support, living in the community and with family support. Talk to your PROMISE team to see if this service might be right for you.

    Commission for the Blind

    This agency helps people who are blind or visually impaired to get jobs, to live independently and to get the technology they need to be their best.
  • I can help after high school!

    What adult services should I connect with?

    ACCES-VR
    ACCES-VR is the agency in NYS that helps people with cognitive, sensory, physical, or emotional disabilities to find jobs after they leave high school. They have offices across the state. The easiest way to begin with ACCES-VR is to get a referral through your school. That way, the school can help with the application process and share information that they have learned about your goals in high school so you can easily continue your journey to a career.
    NYS Department of Labor
    If you need help finding a job, a training program or learning more about your options but you don’t qualify for ACCES-VR services, the American Job Center (formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers) might be a good place to start. The local office offers career center events, career fairs and recruitments, terminals to look for jobs and information on apprenticeship and training programs. You can find one  in your area.
    Independent Living
    Independent living is all about deciding for yourself what to do with your life. There are centers in many communities that can help you to do that. These centers are run by people with disabilities. They don’t have houses or group homes that you can live it, but they can help you learn the skills you need to live on your own (like how to budget or how to ask for what you need). So, if you want to live in the community on your own after you graduate or even if you want to be able to do more things in your community (like take the bus or manage your own money) independent living centers can help. If you have goals in these areas in high school, make sure to include someone from the local ILC  in your IEP team meetings. Your PROMISE team can help connect you.
    Sometimes you might want some additional support for being a part of your community that isn’t necessarily related to working. There are a number of agencies that help people with disabilities (like intellectual disabilities or people with mental health issues) to find a supportive place to live; to find clubs, programs or activities to go to during the day; or to get case management support to keep track of medical or other issues. These large organizations can help you find and in some cases pay for programs and services that are right for you.
    Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
    OPWDD  helps people in NY who have developmental disabilities (like Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and other neurological impairments to be part of their communities. They can even help with your person centered planning meeting if you qualify for services. Talk to your PROMISE team to see if this service might be right for you.
    New York State Office of Mental Health
    OMH  helps people who live in NYS who have mental health diagnosis. They can help with community support, living in the community and with family support. Talk to your PROMISE team to see if this service might be right for you.
    Commission for the Blind
    http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cb/
    This agency helps people who are blind or visually impaired to get jobs, to live independently and to get the technology they need to be their best.
  • Let’s see if you remember the key points!

    Quiz

    Transition planning is just more meetings.

    TRUE FALSE

    FALSE. Transition planning helps you to make sure you are working toward your goals for after high school.


    My teachers just make up the goals they want me to work on every year, they don’t matter to me!

    TRUE FALSE

    FALSE. Your goals should be based on the results of your assessments, your person-centered planning meeting, and your support needs. It should also include classes you want to take or skills you want to develop.


    Every kid probably has the same transition goals.

    TRUE FALSE

    FALSE. Each transition plan is created for an individual. It should be based on you, your goals and your support needs.


    Connecting to adult services while I’m still in school makes sense.

    TRUE FALSE

    TRUE. Connecting to adult services while you’re in school helps to make sure you don’t have to be home for a long time while you get connected to support in the adult world.

  • Let’s review this chapter!

    Summary

    Why should I develop goals?  Goals help you and your team work together to achieve your dream.  They make sure people have a clear target and are working on the same things.

     

    What should be included in my goals? 

    • Information from your assessment
    • Information from your person-centered planning meeting
    • Supports you might need
    • Classes you want to take or skills you want to develop

     

    Why do we have to have a meeting every year?  The whole point of transition planning is that you are building up to that long term goal that you want to achieve after high school.  Each year, you should make more progress toward that goal.  The meeting gives you and your team a chance to check in with each other and adjust if necessary to make sure you can reach that long-term goal.

     

    Why should I think about adult services when I’m still in school?  Getting connected with adult services while you’re still in school means you don’t have to wait to get connected once you graduate.  It means that the ball gets passed smoothly from high school support to adult support. 

  • Chapter complete!

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