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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development."
—Educating Children with Autism2001

Transition Services
Transition is a process, not an event.
Transition Services are coordinated, results-oriented activities based on your child's needs, which take into account his/her strengths, preferences, and interests. These services are provided to special education students, beginning at age 14 (and sometimes younger), to facilitate a smooth transition from school to post-school activities. These activities include but are not limited to postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, and/or community participation. Transition services are delivered through direct and/or indirect support coordinated by a transition transition support teacher (TST).

MCPS provides basic information about transition services on their Transition Services Office web page. Each year, beginning in September, the office offers a series of five workshops called the MCPS Transition Information for Parents and Students (TIPS), that provides essential transition planning information on adult services; Montgomery College; postsecondary education; integrated employment and vocational training; and independent living, community participation, and continuing and adult education.

Thinking About College?

Howard Community College Project Access
Montgomery College
University of Maryland Social Interaction Group Network for students with Autism (SIGNA)
George Mason University Autism Support Initiative
College Programs for Students with Asperger Syndrome

We also recommend the following resources:

The Montgomery County Public Schools’ Transition Services Unit website provides a basic overview of the transition planning process. Each year, the unit provides a series of four workshops, called Next Steps, to explain different services and resources for adults with disabilities in Montgomery County, Maryland.

The Montgomery County Public Schools' Transition Services Booklet Download

Montgomery County Public Schools Transition Services: Programs for High School Students with IEPs, This chart details the MCPS Transition Services programs that are available to students with disabilities who receive special education. Download here.

Secondary Transition Toolkit, Developed by Youth for Youth, from the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network, download here.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
NCSET coordinates national resources and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. Their website offers a wealth of information including parent briefs, e-newsletters, and links to affiliated websites and related research. Check out their informative article on IEPs and Transition Planning.

Autism Internet Modules (AIM): Preparing Individuals for Employment
Research has shown poor employment outcomes for individuals with autism. This one-hour module explains strategies to support persons with autism in the transition process from school to employment so they have an opportunity for a better outcome. (You must create a free account in order to access the modules. Click here to create an account.) Click here to access the list of modules.

Improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students on the autism spectrum in grades K-12

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