Many options may be available to your child when they leave high school. The choices you and your child make will be based on their abilities, interests, preferences, and needs. It is a good idea to look at as many options as possible during the transition planning process. The IEP team and/or the school guidance counselor should be able to provide you with information on these options and others.
The choice your child makes should be included in the Transition IEP. The IEP should then include the measurable goals, course of study, and services to support the outcome the child wants to achieve. Some students may not be interested in or choose any of these options. Other options may be available for students who don’t pursue post-secondary education or competitive employment, such as day support programs or volunteer work.
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All of these programs will have admission (entry) requirements, so it’s important to research those. In addition, identify any accommodations that your child may need to access the programs, including for applications and interviews.
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There are no IEPs in college. Your child will have to talk with their instructors about the accommodations they may need, like a note-taker, recording a class, extra time for assignments, etc. So, it’s important to see if the college or program has a Disability Support Services Office. If they do, visit them for guidance and assistance.