College and Career Readiness is the transition of students with disabilities from high school to post school environments such as independent living, college and/or the workforce. This transition process prepares students with the life, social and academic skills they will need to reach their post school goals. Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP) must have “appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate independent living.” –2004 Reauthorization of Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) changed transition services to a “results-oriented process” that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child” (20 U.S.C. ~ 1414 (c) (5) (B) (ii) )
The CLD is an active partner on the Georgia Statewide Transition Steering Committee. CLD works on the team to revise the latest Georgia Transition Manual For Students with Disabilities. We train parents, students, administrators, counselors and educators on inclusive post-secondary education options throughout Georgia and the nation, as well as how to prepare students for transitioning into these programs.
Transition support is also available for changes in K-12 education, healthcare, and housing. The following links are for local and national programs assisting in all types of life transitions:
- National Healthcare Transition Center- Got Transition?
- U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Disability Employment Policy- Integrated Employment Toolkit
- National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
- Transition Toolkit (Autism Speaks)
- Tips for Transition
- Transition to Adulthood Guidelines (OCALI)
- Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood
- Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy
- Adolescent Health Transition Project
- Transition to Adulthood by The Arc of King County