For High School Educators and Counselors

The transition from high school to post-secondary settings can be a scary and uncertain time. Because of this, and the fact that the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EAHCA) was about ten years old, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) funded model demonstration projects during the early to mid-80’s for the express purpose of helping youth who had received special education transition directly from school to employment.

Then, the 1990 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) began requiring Local Education Agencies (LEA) to provide transition planning for exiting students with Individual Education Programs (IEP).  

We have been very focused, ever since the early 1980’s, and have worked very hard to help students transition successfully from high school to employment. Results of this work moved up the continuum from sheltered work, to work enclaves, to supported employment, job sharing, and job carving. Indeed, many more youth with disabilities do successfully transition from school to work.

However, there is another option for our transitioning youth and that is post-secondary education. Student/family interest and advocacy, coupled with important legislation, are beginning to make this a realistic and possible post-secondary goal for youth with intellectual disabilities. 

The SHEP will develop and post a “Transition to Post-Secondary Education” training module with the purpose of providing teachers and guidance counselors information specific to the transition of youth with intellectual disabilities from high school to post-secondary education. 

The following links will take you to secondary (high school to community) transition resources and/or slides developed by the SHEP.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center 

Transition One Stop: Resources across the life span including from high school to post-secondary settings.

 The Kentucky Post School Outcome Center 

The Kentucky Department of Education, Division of Learning Services (KDE/DLS) secondary transition content.