Cohesive Secondary Transition Planning Needed to Improve Postsecondary Education, Employment Outcomes for Students With Disabilities

Successful Transitions for All: Expect, Engage, Empower. Blog Series: Post 01. Introduction: Improving Systems to Better Prepare Students for Successful Secondary Transition Experiences.

By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 14, 2023) — The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) released a new blog series as part of a continued effort to emphasize the need for more cohesive secondary transition planning for students with disabilities. 

The new blog series will focus on a variety of transition planning activities including students, youth and young adults’ decision making, postsecondary education and employment, and more. 

“We are dedicated to working alongside families, students, educators, advocacy groups and policymakers to rethink transition services,” wrote Office of Special Education Programs Director Valerie C. Williams and Rehabilitation Services Administration Deputy Commissioner Carol Dobak in the blog. “We want students and families to have the tools and resources necessary for successful secondary transition experiences.” 

Williams and Dobak laid the groundwork for the blog series by relaying their perspectives on how to strengthen current transition planning and transition services experiences. They wrote of the need for collaboration between education and vocational rehabilitation systems and addressing transition planning earlier so students with disabilities can make the best decisions for themselves. 

The department and OSERS has supported postsecondary transition planning through funding the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: The Collaborative and reissuing A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities in 2020.  

Additionally, OSERS kicked off its Expect, Engage, Empower: Successful Transitions for All! initiative earlier this year. This initiative focuses on effective transition planning to help young adults moving from school to postsecondary education, community living or competitive integrated employment. 

To learn more about OSERS secondary transition efforts, visit the OSERS’ Successful Transitions for All blog series.

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Last modified on August 14, 2023