Special Education Transition Planning Template

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7. Once a student leaves school, can s/he get services?
Yes, but not from the school district. In Minnesota, Rehabilitation Services gives help to adults who
have physical and/or mental disabilities. State Services for the Blind (SSB) helps people who are
blind or have trouble with their vision. If a student needs services after high school, SSB or
Rehabilitation Services should get involved in the planning by age 16.
8. How do we get Rehabilitation Services or SSB involved in the transition
planning?
The first step is to invite a counselor from Rehab Services or SSB to an IEP meeting. When the
school starts transition planning, they should ask a rehabilitation counselor to join the IEP team. If
the school doesn’t do it, you can call yourself and ask a counselor to come.
You have to apply for SSB or Rehab Services. If you qualify, then the agency will get more
involved. A counselor should come to every IEP meeting where the team talks about transition
services.
9. Does SSB or Rehabilitation Services have to help if the student isn’t 18
years old yet?
Yes. If you call and invite Rehabilitation Services or SSB to IEP meetings, they should come. All
vocational planning has to be done before the student leaves high school. The state agencies have to
help with that. If they tell you no, call and explain that you need help with transition planning. If
they say no, ask to talk to a supervisor. If the supervisor says no, you can appeal. See the MDLC
fact sheet entitled, Appeal Rights under the Rehabilitation Act.
10. What other agencies should help with transition planning?
Any agency or organization that gives or pays for transition services should help. A representative
might just come to one IEP meeting. Sometimes, they will be an ongoing part of the IEP team.
All agencies who will help with transition should be named in the IEP. The IEP should tell exactly
how each agency will help. If an agency doesn’t do what the IEP says, then the school has to find
someone else who can give that service.
Some examples of agencies and what they do:
Post-secondary education and training providers
give information about courses or
programs at colleges or trade schools
Independent Living Center (ILCs)
help people with disabilities live in the community. They
may help with housing, living skills, and job training.
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