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December 22, 2006



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Daunna Minnich

This is one of the most important pieces of advice on your blogsite.

Whenever I talk to "retired" special ed parents, they always say they spent too much time focusing on their child's academic shortcomings and not enough time planning for real life.

My recent thinking on the subject, now that I have teenagers, is that on-time graduation (age 18) is not desirable if the student has not yet built skills for independence and self-sufficiency, or learned how/where to get help, how to talk with doctors about treatment, etc.  Why on earth did IDEA 2004 push the age to 16?


The idea that all IEPs should be looked at as Transition Plans is fantastic. Currently, I am a senior working on my undergraduate in Special Education. My transition class often discusses, at what age should transition plans be implemented. I will share your thoughts, for I think they are quite important. The child's need to succeed in life and become a contributing member of society is an important ideal and should be at the forefront of what special educators and parents strive for.

Amber Amelung

I just recently took a class on methods of vocational transitioning and found out how important transition is. I have not had much experience with transition but as an outsider I can see how important transition is for students. I am all for helping kids develop independence and I think that IEP help this process a lot.
I definitely think a child should be started on a transition goal IEP as soon as possible. Even if it is little transitions the child will be making, it is still progress.
I think that too many people focus on the “here and now” instead of how this can be carried over to the future or even how to get the children to move on to the next level.
I believe that everyone who has something to do with the children has the responsibility to implement the transition IEP. But also that it is very important that everyone has a realistic goal of the transitions the child will be making. I believe in miracles, children can accomplish things we would have never imagined they could, but should not be required to accomplish goals that are not possible.
I totally agree we should ask "what does that child need to succeed"! I think that you have a very good point of view!

Nancy Bye

When writing a transition plan for a graduating senior, and addressing the area of postsecondary education is it appropriate to put "The student will attend a junior college" or a student "plans to attend a junior college"? This has been an ongoing discussion in Illinois transition planning, with one side of the opinion that it is not possible to guarantee an outcome such as successful enrollment in a junior college. Where is federal law on this?

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