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Family and Transition



Family and Transition Family Members play an important role in the transition process


Family support may include:

Attending the IEP Transition Meeting to support the student

Advocating for a curriculum that will prepare the student for his/her postsecondary goals

Helping your young adult learn about his/her disability and how to advocate for himself/herself

Helping your young adult research education and employment options

Inviting people to the meeting who will help plan for the student's future

Assisting your son or daughter in preparing for independence

Becoming aware of the student's rights and responsibilities under the law

Assisting in making your young adult's long-term and short term goals

Gaining knowledge of resources and agencies that may help your young adult in the future

Helping your child and school to follow through with the implementation of the transition plan

Encouraging your son or daughter to be as independent as possible, at home and in the community

Encouraging your child to utilize the career development and Educational Development (EDP) process



Family are especially encouraged to use these strategies developed by Davis and Wehmeyer to increase their son's or daughter's self-determination skills:

Walk the tightrope between protection and independence by allowing your child to explore his or her world.  While there are obvious limits to this, all parents have to "let go" and it is never easy.

Encourage your son/daughter to ask questions and express their opinions.

Involvement in family discussions and decision-making sessions is one way of providing opportunities to learn.

Self-worth and self-confidence are critical factors in the development of self-determination.
(How you can help your son/daughter achieve self-determination)

PACER Center is a wonderful website for families and students!

Parent Involvement in the Transition Process