Transition Timeline

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BEST PRACTICES IN TRANSITION: A TIMELINE

AGES 14 TO 15

  • Familiarize yourself with the high school and transition process
  • Have psychological evaluation completed or updated (should be completed every three years or every two years if you have an intellectual disability)
  • If diagnosed with an intellectual disability:
    • Register for Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS) 215-685-4677 and choose Supports Coordination Organization
    • Meet with your Supports Coordinator and get to know them. Begin to develop Individualized Service Plan (ISP)
    • Invite your Supports Coordinator to your IEP meeting with as much notice as possible
  • Develop your Transition Plan in your IEP which may contain some or all of the following:
    • Postsecondary Education
    • Independent Living Skills
    • Establish expectation of work and plan for community based work assessments
    • Pursue job experiences and individualized community based internships and community service experiences
  • Students are eligible for working papers at age 14 and can get them in the school main office.
  • Investigate local parent transition groups
  • Explore eligibility for Medical Assistance if not currently receiving benefits.
    • If you have a supports coordinator or case manager request assistance if necessary
  • Begin to collect:
    • Social Security Card
    • Birth Certificate
    • Medical Assistance Card
    • State ID (eligible at age 10)
    • Old school records and medical information and keep them current

AGES 16 TO 17

  • Check with IEP team that Multi Disciplinary Evaluation is current
    • Psychological, adaptive behavior assessment or individualized testing as needed
  • Continue to pursue job experiences and individualized community based internships
  • Discuss with IEP team options for years 18 to 21
  • Continue to pursue paid work experiences in the community
  • Explore post secondary education opportunities
  • Revisit transition plan in your IEP and make sure it has current achievable goals

AGE 18

  • Can apply for Social Security Benefits on your own without parent resources being considered.
  • If already receiving Social Security benefits you must complete redetermination paperwork
  • All males need to register for Selective Service (registration at post office or online at http://www.sss.gov)
  • Continue to pursue paid work experiences in the community
  • Options at graduation time
    • Earned graduation credits or have met IEP goals to collect diploma
    • Employment 1st Philadelphia
    • Individuals with an IEP can plan for alternative education options and collect certificate instead of diploma to walk with their peers at graduation.
    • Diploma to be awarded the year they turn 21
  • Revisit transition plan in your IEP and make sure it has current achievable goals

ONE YEAR BEFORE LEAVING SCHOOL

  • Apply for Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVR) 215-560-1900
  • Continue career exploration
  • Get after school and/or summer paid employment
  • If receiving SSI from Social Security use Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE)
  • Expand on internship opportunities in areas of interest not already explored
  • Revisit transition plan in your IEP and make sure it has current achievable goals

WHAT 18 TO 21 EDUCATION CAN LOOK LIKE

  • Academic support can take place outside of traditional setting in the community
  • Supported paid employment
  • Supported internships or apprenticeships
  • Supported post-secondary educational experiences
  • School can be full time or part time: it is individualized in your IEP for your needs

Developed by the Transition Work Group
Employment 1st Philadelphia
Philadelphia DBH/IDS and Networks for Training and Development, Inc.
May 2013

Download Transition Timeline as a PDF here:
Transition Timeline – School to Work Recommendations 2013