Transitions: School to Work
The transition from high school to adulthood is one of the most significant changes in the life of a student with a disability. It is the first time that a student will be leaving a system (school) where he or she was entitled to receive a range of services and supports. Once a student leaves high school they will no longer have these entitlements and they will need to apply for services. Social Security and the New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) have their own eligibility requirements. For more on this, go to Get Started.
School districts in New York are required to provide transition services for all students ages 15 to 21 who have disabilities. These services are part of each student’s Individualized Education Plan. Starting at age 15, students may undergo a Level 1 assessment of interests, strengths, and needs. The path forward is planned by working with the student, family, school staff, OPWDD, and other disability service providers.
Parents and caregivers should begin preparing for and initiating the transition process a year before graduation or the expected transition date.
For more information, visit New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities.