Coordinator for Transition Services

Address: Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office,, 75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
Phone: (781) 338-3375 Fax: (781) 3383371 Email: specialeducation@doe.mass.edu Website: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/links/transition.html

The Office of Special Education Planning & Policy focuses on interagency and special education policy and planning and related personnel development activities. Recognizing the need for students with disabilities to engage in effective transition planning, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that transition planning be part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Beginning no later than the first IEP developed when the eligible student is 14, the Team considers the student's need for transition services and documents this discussion. If appropriate, the IEP includes a statement of needed transition services. The school district understands that it must maintain documentation of a full discussion of the student's transition needs, whether or not such discussion identifies needed transition services for the IEP. Such documentation must be reviewed and updated annually thereafter. Students must be invited to all educational meetings and allowed to participate actively when transition planning is discussed.

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