Secondary transition refers to the process a student with a disability goes through as they move from high school to whatever comes next, including postsecondary education, employment and independent living. In Florida this begins at age 14 or earlier and may not end until 22 for students with significant disabilities.
The term “transition services” or “transition planning” means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that:
- Is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment); continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation
- Is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interests
- Includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation
State Laws and Regulations
The statues and rule referenced below are specific to Secondary Transition. Please refer to the Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules - Hyperlinked Index (PDF) for a complete listing of laws and regulations applicable to exceptional student education.
- 1004.6495 Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program and Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities
- 1003.5716, F.S., Transition to postsecondary education and career opportunities
- 1003.4282(10), F.S., Requirements for a standard high school diploma
- 6A-1.09963, F.A.C., High School Graduation requirements for Students with Disabilities
Publications and Tools
- Developing Quality Individual Educational Plans
- Employment Transition Plan Template (Word)
- Employment Transition Plan Template Instructions (PDF)
- Graduation Requirements - Online Training Module
- DPS: 2015-34 - High School Graduation Options for Students With Disabilities (PDF)
- DPS: 2015-16 - Waiver of Statewide, Standardized Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities (PDF)
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) joint memo
- Project 10: Transition Education Network
- Check & Connect
- Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS)
- Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)
- Florida became an Employment First state by Executive Order in October, 2013. Employment First is both a philosophy and policy, and means that employment is the first option for all individuals, including those with significant disabilities. Employers and individuals with disabilities can get information from the Abilities Work Web Portal. Employers can also contact the Abilities Work Help Desk at (844) 245-3405 or AbilitiesWorkHD@vr.fldoe.org.