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Transition is the movement from school to post school environments. It should include the skills necessary for the student to be successful in education, employment, and independent living after completion of high school. 

Transition requires support from multiple sources for the student and his/her family to make choices, develop connections, and access services. Beginning not later than the first IEP to be in effect when the student begins ninth grade or turns 16, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team and is updated annually thereafter. The IEP must include: (1) appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and where appropriate, independent living skills, and (2) the transition services (including course of study) needed to assist the child in reaching those goals. Course of study should focus on instructional and educational classes and experiences that will assist the student to prepare for transition from secondary education to postsecondary life and a regular high school diploma. It should relate directly to the student’s post secondary outcome goals and show how the planned course of study is linked to these goals. The course of study should be meaningful to the student’s future and motivate the student to reach successful post school outcomes.

The student should be involved in the transition components of the IEP and should be invited to this portion of the IEP meeting. If the student does not attend the IEP meeting, the school system must take other steps including verbal and written input to ensure that the student’s preferences and interests are considered before developing the transition aspects of the IEP. It should also be noted that the parent and student should be aware of other agencies that must be invited to help with successful transition planning.

Below are links to help provide resources for a more meaningful transition for all students with disabilities. Should you have questions and/or concerns about transition, please contact Wina Low at  

Statewide Technical Assistance for Developing a Transition Planning Process: Transitioning Students with Disabilities to Adulthood

Transition from school to adulthood is marked as a critical time for students with disabilities. For students to have successful postsecondary outcomes, planning for that transition requires a process that promotes movement to postsecondary environments which include postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation. Successful outcomes happen when the student’s needs, preferences and interests are the foundation for transition planning. This approach blended with appropriate instruction, related services, assistive technology, collaboration with community organizations and agencies, development of employment and other post-school objectives, and when appropriate, the acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation. The purpose of the Statewide Transition Planning Process Technical Assistance is to provide systems with guidance and support to look at transition as a process, not an event and to re-examine their process for transitioning students to adulthood.

This training will be interactive and structured to apply knowledge to practice. It is suggested that special education directors, counselors, teachers (general education, special education and CTI), transition specialists, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation staff, and parent mentors attend. Each district should determine who would need to use this information to support the transition process for students with disabilities. This training will be hosted at the local GLRS. Contact your GLRS Director for registration information. The schedule is listed below. 

GLRS Regions
1: Northwest
      DeAnna Williams
2: North Central
      Pam Glasgow
3: North Georgia
      Charity Roberts
6: West Central
      Marie Yuran
7: Metro South
      Charles Kelly
4E: Metro East
      Terry Jenkins 
4W: Metro West
      Kim Simmons
14/15: Southeast & Coastal
      Kathleen Tootle/
Kim Bennett
13: East Central
      Terrie Young
8: Middle Georgia
      Chris Davis
17: South Georgia
     Dane Heard
16: Southwest
     Kathie Rigsby
18: South Central
     Dana Robbins
11 & 12 West Georgia
     Sean Cooper
9: Oconee
     Dawn Howell
10: East Georgia
     Lisa Hill
5: North East
     Beth McMickle

Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction (SDLMI) and Self-Determination Inventory (SDI) Training Dates

 Registration Links: Register for one date below.

Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction (SDLMI) and Self-Determination Inventory (SDI) October 18, 2018

Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction (SDLMI) and Self-Determination Inventory (SDI) October 19, 2018

If you have any questions, please contact Elise James (

Self-Determination Community of Practice

The Georgia Department of Education, Division for Special Education Services and Student Supports will facilitate a Self-Determination Community of Practice. The purpose of the Community of Practice is to provide support, guidance, resources and recommendations for implementation of the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction (SDLMI), the Self-Determination Inventory (SDI) and the embedding of self-determination across content areas and the collaborative initiative between the GaDOE and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). This support includes the implementation of ASPIRE, other student-led IEP initiatives and self-determination curricular.

Any school administrator, teacher, support staff or GVRA personnel utilizing the SDLMI, SDI, ASPIRE or student-led IEPs is advised to participate. Session will take place on the last Monday of the designated months from 3:00pm-4:00pm. The link below will register participants for the seven sessions. Please feel free to send questions and suggestions to Elise James ( for inclusion in the community discussions. These sessions will not be recorded.

Registration Link: Self-Determination Community of Practice

If you have any questions, please contact Elise James (

FY19 Transition Planning Survey Timeline

The dates for the transition planning survey process are listed below:

  • November 12 – December 3, 2018 – District Record Review
  • December 5 – December 13, 2018 – Verification by DOE
  • January 3 – January 18, 2019 – Prong 1
  • January 23 – February 28, 2019 – Prong 2

Please contact Laurie Ponsell at for questions or additional information.

Transition Tool Box

 Transition Directors' Webinar (10-20-15)

Joint Webinar (4-29-16)

This webinar was a joint webinar with Special Education Services and Supports, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) featuring Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA).  The GVRA discussed the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), the new Career Pathways Grant:E3 and the changes with the collaborative agreements for F17.  The webinar link and the GVRA Webinar Q&A document are provided below.  The GVRA Webinar Q&A document provides additional information.