Question 1: What is Transition?

For students receiving special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), transition is preparing for and moving from school to work and community life. This is an important rite of passage for all young people. It is a significant milestone for youth with disabilities as well. Work in particular helps define a person's self-concept and sense of participation in society. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the federal law requiring a free appropriate education for children with disabilities, recognizes that schools play an important role in preparing students for this transition.