Youth Development

Youth Engagement in Transition

Engaging students in transition planning means they take an active role learning about their options and making decisions about future jobs, getting more education/training, and how they want to live independently.

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What does having youth engagement in transition include?

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Providing opportunities for students to be engangaged in transition planning is giving them a voice in their own future. Having students involved in their transition planning can look and be different for each student. However, the outcome of a positive post secondary future is the same.

  • Student centered planning
  • Student led IEP meetings
  • Participation in transition assessments
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Watch the PaTTANpod to hear how youth engagement and student voice can be different for each student.

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How can transition team members help students take a more active role in their transition planning?

Transition team members can help students engage in transition planning by:

  • Explaining the IEP process
  • Asking the student what information they feel comfortable sharing and in what way
  • Allowing the student to have a say in who they want to be at the meeting
  • Helping the student explore and understand their disability, as well as their strengths
  • Practicing role-playing in preparation for meetings and interactions
  • Focusing on the student’s goals, dreams, and options
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What Can Transition Planning Do For Students?

Benefits to youth engagement in transition planning includes:

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Involvement in the IEP process

Understanding the IEP and transition plan and learning to take an active role and/or lead IEP meetings

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Self-Awareness

Being an active part of the planning process helps students learn more about strengths, needs, personality, interests, values, and disability

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Leadership Skills

Gaining the confidence to speak up and teach the transition team about who they are and what help is needed to reach their goals

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Self-Determination

Learning skills to compare options and chose the ones that best match their strengths, interests and needs to create a plan to achieve their goals

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Person Centered Future Planning resources sponsored by The ARC

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Take a look at this resource on student-led IEPs.

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