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Special Education: Transition Services

Transition Services

What are transition services?

Transition Services are a coordinated set of activities, for a child with a disability, which helps facilitate the child's movement from school to post-school. These activities might include post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.

During the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, discussed at age 14, the team develops Transition Services, based on student needs. Shaker Heights High School’s work study coordinator facilitates appropriate transition services, working with students, families, intervention specialists, vocational teachers and counselors, enabling the student to have successful secondary transitions.

Examples of Transition Activities:

• career assessments or surveys

• requesting accommodations for taking exams such as the SAT/ACT

• self-advocacy

job interviewing skills and job application skills

investigating colleges, technical schools or military

participating in vocational training programs (graphic communications, horticulture, cosmetology and clinical health careers)

learning about getting an apartment, credit or budgeting


How do I contact the Work Study Coordinator?

Linda Hile
Work-Study/Transition Coordinator
(216) 295-4242