Federal and State Legislation guides us in transition planning for students with disabilities. According to IDEA 2004, individual students ages 16 or older must have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) that contains "a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that--
(A) is designed to be a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child's movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation (B) is based on the individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests . . . " (IDEA 2004).
Indiana's Article 7 further stipulates that a Transition IEP must be in place by the student's 14th birthday. According to Indiana Article 7, Transition Planning must start in Indiana:
1. when a student enters into grade 9; or
2. becomes fourteen (14) years of age; whichever occurs first
3. or earlier if determined appropriate by the Case Conference Committee (CCC).