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Special Education policies and guidelines include a number of acronyms. This link will be useful in understanding the meaning and application of the terms and acronyms.
Steven Covey says to "begin with the end in mind." That idea is the heart of transition planning. If the "end" we have in mind is "educated employees," then the transition planning is the "beginning." It sets the education course for middle and secondary students with disabilities that leads to access to adult services, postsecondary education and the world of work. The idea of transition is simple, but actually carrying out the process can be daunting as we try to weave together the appropriate combination of educational and social services. The following links are provided to assist students with disabilities navigate the wonderful world or employment, self-advocacy, and secondary educational opportunities.
The I’m Determined Project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger.
The Virginia Department of Education and other state agencies are helping to increase the number of Virginians earning workforce credentials to be competitive for highly skilled jobs.
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