Video Summary: What happens when my child is ready to graduate?

This video describes what happens in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) when your child is ready to graduate. Once your child been in an IEP program for a few years, and they’re ready to start thinking about what they’ll do after they graduate from high school, they have entered the transition stage.

The transition stage generally begins at age 16, and as the parent, you (along with your child) will begin having transition meetings with the rest of the IEP team. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) regarding the transition stage are somewhat vague relative to the rest of the CFR, but this is one area where individual schools can easily pick up a lot of the slack. You and your child should work together with the school and the rest of the IEP to contact agencies that will help your child make the transition from school to postsecondary school activities, whether that’s college or a career.

This also involves covering a lot of the details: how your child will get from school to work, where they may have to live and what kind of job they will have. The following sections will cover many of these aspects, go over the CFR in detail, and guide you through the IEP process concerning the transition stage.