Student Participation

Definition: All students are prepared to participate and do participate meaningfully in the development of their post-school goals and plans to achieve those goals, and in any relevant meetings.


  • Transition-focused planning begins no later than age 14
  • Planning team includes student, family members, and school and participating agency personnel, with an identified leader to call and lead the meetings at a mutually convenient place and time
  • Meetings are well-planned, and enough time is allowed to cover the agenda
  • Accommodations are made for communication needs, e.g., interpreters
  • Referral to adult service providers occurs prior to student’s exit from school
  • Graphic from Oregon that shows the Path to Transition Planning, linking the major steps along a path to a successful adult life, from Oregon’s Transition Resource Handbook.
  • Whose Future is It Anyway? is an evidence-based practice in building student knowledge of transition planning, by Dr. Michael Wehmeyer and others. The curriculum has six sections that contain 36 lesson sessions. It comes with a Coach’s Guide (PDF, 51 pages, 2004)
  • The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities. NCSET is headquartered at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. The website has many resources geared toward families and youth.
  • Map It: What Comes Next is a free, online, interactive training for transition-aged students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The training uses three questions: Who Am I?, What Do I Want?, How Do I Get There?
  • Glossary of special education and transition terms