Question 8: What is the parent's role in collaborating with the school for their child's transition?

Parents can hold high expectations for their child when the IEP team meets for planning the transition aspects of their individualized education program. They can also assure that the IEP team considers all aspects of their child's future, not just work. The IEP team should consider where the student would like to live how the student will manage transportation, how the student will manage financial affairs, and what types of leisure activities the student might pursue. Future supports the student might need should be considered. This information will assist the team in developing the student's educational goals. The focus on functional, life-centered education for learners with disabilities requires information pertaining to the student's home and community experiences and skills. Parents have a wealth of information in this regard and should be active participants in defining the transition services to be provided to their son or daughter.