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Tracking your student’s transition timeline

This transition timeline will help you stay on track with paperwork, decision-making and engagement with adult service agencies so you can focus on building a bright future

It’s challenging for any parent to keep up with school-related activities and demands as students progress through high school and prepare to graduate. For parents of students with disabilities, the mental load of managing the day-to-day responsibilities, along with transition-related tasks and activities, may seem insurmountable. 

This transition timeline can help you stay on track with paperwork, decision making, and engagement with adult service agencies.  If you’re looking for more support, our Transition IEP Guide includes additional timelines and resources related to the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. It may also be helpful to use our transition glossary to familiarize yourself with key terms. 

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Transition planning: what to think about in middle school (under 14) 

Transition planning: What to think about in early high school (Age 14-16)

Transition planning: What to think about in late high school (Age 16-18) 

Transition planning: What to think about from ages 18 to 22

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