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Secondary Transition

Secondary Transition

In Ohio, students with disabilities ages 14 or younger, if appropriate, formally enter into the secondary transition planning process. A truly successful transition process is the result of comprehensive planning that is driven by the student’s preferences, interests, needs, and strengths. This comprehensive planning moves students toward successful future outcomes in competitive, integrated employment, education, and independent living. 
 
The Region 12 SST can assist educational entities with technical assistance, coaching and professional learning on creating a communication plan that results in successful partnerships to support students with dsiabilities in the transition process. The SST holds quarterly network meetings that bring together community, social and educational entities to assist in the secondary transition process and share ideas.  Check the event calendar for opportunities.

Ohio Transition Support Partnership

In 2015, the Ohio Department of Education and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) launched the Ohio Transition Support Partnership (OTSP). The Partnership increases the availability of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselors for students with disabilities beginning at age 14 to improve post-school outcomes. This earlier engagement helps students with disabilities get a head start on becoming job ready and better prepared to enter the workforce with the skills and experiences necessary to be successful.

Ohio Longitudinal Transition Study

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that states report the post-school engagement of students with disabilities in post-secondary education and employment. Therefore, the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children is required to report the percentage of children with disabilities who, within one year of leaving high school, are enrolled in higher education, participating in a training program or competitively employed.

IDEA requires that all school districts collect outcome data for their students with individualized education programs (IEPs) at least once every six years.  Ohio fulfills this obligation through the Ohio Longitudinal Transition Study (OLTS), which is designed to collect information on students with disabilities’ expectations at the end of their final year in high school and their post-school outcomes, one year later.
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