May 2015

Junior Prom

Most of these blogs I write shortly before they are posted. A few have been written by my colleagues here at WCBVI. I ask them to write in subject areas in which they have more knowledge than I do.

This one is different. I wrote it a long time ago, and it sat on my computer for years. I just didn’t want to let go of it. My friend Barbara Pierce in Ohio contacted me asking for an article for The Braille Monitor, and having nothing else handy, I fixed the things I thought needed fixing, and sent it off.

It was well received, and with permission, I re-publish it here. My thanks to the Monitor and its current editor Gary Wunder for allowing me to do it

What Parents Should Know About Transition

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In Wisconsin, a transition plan is required for all students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). It starts when the student is 14 years old, and lasts until he/she completes high school.  It must be reviewed and updated at each annual IEP meeting.

In addition to the parents, it is a good idea to encourage the student to attend these meetings. If there is not already a counselor from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) involved, it is a good idea to invite one. This, after all, will be the agency that will be working with the student after high school, if not before graduation. The reason is to graduate students who are college and career ready.  Each student is required to have measurable goals for employment, postsecondary education and training along with independent living.  All of these must be based on assessments, which may include interviewing the student, course grades, career interest inventories along with other formal and informal measurements.