The Independence Project
WHAT IS TRANSITION?
Transition is an IDEA mandated Special Education program available to students ages 18-22 who have met graduation requirements and continue to work toward individual goals in deficit areas. Transition goals may include the following areas:
- Vocational Training
- Independent Living Skills
- Transportation Training
- Community – Based Training
- Functional Academics
- Employment / Education
Simply put: Transition is a coordinated set of activities designed to move students from high school into adult life.
HOW ARE STUDENTS RECOMMENDED FOR THE INDEPENDENCE PROJECT?
As a student progresses through their career in the Uxbridge Public Schools, they will discuss their ongoing transition services and goals each year at their annual review meeting. As graduation approaches, students and staff may decide that additional training services are necessary to meet transition goals. To help make this important decision, the IEP team considers the following information:
- Student / family input
- Teacher recommendations (based on observations, task analysis, formative and summative assessments, etc.)
- File review including eligibility information which specifies a student’s strengths, challenges, abilities, and adaptive skills
- Team collaboration with discussion of the needs of the student and corresponding goals
TRANSITION PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT
The Independence Project prepares young adults with disabilities, ages 18-22, for post-secondary success and independence. Essential skills are developed through individualized planning and collaboration with the student, family, school, and community partners.