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Transition to Adult Life

What is the transition process from school to adult life? Who is involved, and how does one get from school to adult life successfully?

Transition is a federal mandate under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The school, family, student, and outside resources are usually involved in the transition process. Transition planning begins no later than age 16 or earlier, if determined appropriate by the Planning and Placement Team (PPT).

Transition is about thinking ahead for the future by preparing the student to enter a post-high school environment successfully. Transition is not a race, but a journey with many stops and experiences along the way. If you have a child 15 years of age or older, ask your school about transition planning. Waiting until your child is ready to graduate is too late to begin the transition process.

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Transition Planning: Getting Started

Agencies that Provide Services for Adults with Disabilities



Guardianship, Conservator & Age of Majority


Post-Secondary Education (College, Training Programs, etc.)

Other Resources in Connecticut and Nationwide


State Resources

Students and Young Adults

Success Stories

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