Navigating the postschool transition

Anyone who has faced a transition can likely recall feeling anxious, confused, excited, and overwhelmed all at the same time. For some, the path may seem logical and straightforward; for others, it may seem daunting - or worse, unachievable. Successful transitions require comprehensive planning, good directions, regularly planned check-ins, and good guides along the way.

This website is designed to provide information, strategies, and resources to transition navigators—teachers, counselors, family members, and community providers—to guide youth on the move.

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Transition Timeline

Massachusetts Transition Timeline

This timeline provides a guideline for transition requirements outlined in IDEA and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Use it to get information on steps to be taken at each age level.
View the complete timeline.

Transition Matters Conference

Transition Matters Conference

Oct. 29, 2014

Best Western Royal Plaza, Marlborough, MA

Opening Keynote: Mary Morningstar

Join other Massachusetts school professionals, adult service representatives and families for a statewide conference all around secondary transition.

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Professional Development

Think College 2014-2015 Webinar Series

   Think College is hosting a series of webinars on a variety of topics related to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability.

See the list below for the upcoming LIVE webinars. Registration for each 1-hour webinar is only $45. Register early, as seating is limited and these webinars typically fill up quickly. 

News and Resources

Employment First Initiative

Employment First - a Massachusetts initiative to close all sheltered workshops by June 30, 2015


Transition Stories

Chris Strout: Making a College-Career Connection

Chris working on carChris Strout always liked cars, and he had experience taking care of them. When he was younger, his father showed him how to change the oil and the tires of the family car. Chris thought fixing cars would be a great job, and he was ready to take some auto-mechanics courses. But could he convince everyone else that this made sense for him?