How many times have you heard people say this to you: “Do you know what you want to do after high school?” Can you answer that question? Have you thought about college? What job you would like to have? Where you will live? What will you do for fun and how will you manage a budget? It's a lot to think about!
Right now is an important time in your life. A transition plan is a tool that can help you plan for life after high school. It includes your goals for what you want to do in the areas of Education/Training, Employment, and Independent Living. Once those goals are established by you and your IEP team, a set of activities for you to work on during high school will help you reach those goals. It is also important for you to be in the right classes to work toward those goals. All of this is included in your transition plan and you should be a part of developing that plan! You should also make sure you attend all of your IEP meetings so you can let everyone know what your goals are and what your needs as well as your strengths are. If you are already a part of developing your transition plan, that is great! If you don't know what a transition plan is, ask your teacher today and then get to work on helping create one customized just for you! After all, it's your life!
Think you want to go to college? There is an entire section on what you need to know and do to be ready. Want to go straight to work? There is a section on employment that can help you learn how to find a job that matches your interests. Do you know how to make decisions for yourself, set goals, and ask for any help you might need? If you aren’t sure, check out the self-determination section. Sometimes we need help to reach our goals. There are agencies out there that might be able to help you reach yours. Go to the community resources section to find out which agencies might be able to help you.
Take your time, check everything out. Ask questions of your parents, teachers, and counselors; you can also e-mail questions to
if you have questions for us. Develop your plan and follow through. That way when you walk through the doorway to the future you have an idea of where you are going.
http://www.arkansas.gov/dhs/esources/index.php?page=Home - an online service to assist you in finding State and Community providers of services like housing, food, childcare, transportation, benefits information and more!
http://www.ncld.org -- an online guide to essential information about learning disabilities, early literacy and learning resources, support for adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, public policy and advocacy tools. The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has developed this comprehensive site to help: Parents make informed decisions affecting their children; Educators gain access to authoritative information about research-based instruction, assessment and support services; Child care providers and early childhood teachers understand early literacy skill development, recognize warning signs and respond to young children's needs; and Advocates promote educational rights and opportunities for all individuals with learning disabilities.
Indicator 14, Post-School Outcomes