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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.

SST 12 Regional Secondary Transition Newsletter

January 2024 Regional Secondary Transition Newsletter

This newsletter is released bi-monthly to inform districts and community partners of updates from The Ohio Department of Education and share important dates to remember, including regional meetings & professional development opportunities.  

We encourage you to share this information with your transition team, administrators, school counselors & intervention specialists/teams.

We appreciate the collaboration between SST12, you and your work in secondary transition and career technical education.

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.

Unlock Your Future Graduation Requirements Website

Visit the new graduation website developed to assist students and their families with the long-term graduation requirements. In the near future we will post videos and support documents around the new graduation requirements.

Secondary Transition Roadmap


The Secondary Transition Roadmap

is an interactive tool may be used by families of children with disabilities ages 3-21 to identify crucial points of the secondary transition process. The tool also includes key websites and resources to help families and their children prepare for life after high school.

Additional resources for secondary transition and workforce development are also available on the Department's website.

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