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.

News and Resources

Enroll in the UMass Boston Transition Leadership Program by June 1 2016

The M.Ed. in Special Education with a Concentration in Transition Leadership and Graduate Certificate in Transition Leadership. Applications for new cohort due June 1 2016. Federal scholarships are availale to eligible candidates who work with students with low-incidence disabilities.Link to a recording of an informational webinar held on April 7 2016 is available

Professional Development

Think College 2016 Webinar Series March - June 2016

 

   Think College is hosting a spring 2016 series of webinars on a variety of topics related to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability.


Click here to register for any of the following webinars:

Roles and Responsibilities in Dual Enrollment Program Development- March 30 2016

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?