Special Education Services

Secondary Transition

What's New?

  • 11th Annual Transition Conference - October 29-30, 2016 new
    The 11th Annual Transition Conference for transition aged youth and young adults with disabilities, their family members and teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals, college students pursuing careers in special education and community advocates will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 South Martin Luther King Drive in Chicago, Illinois October 29-30, 2016.

    The conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition”, invites participants to imagine the possibilities for students with disabilities in the areas of independent living, education and training, employment, community integration, health care, and self-advocacy.

    Conference sessions will be organized into 4 tracks: Education, Employment, Community and Healthcare.

    Thursday, October 29th features keynote speaker Steve Hopkins, co-founder of 3E Love, and multi-choice Break-Out Sessions with a Welcome Reception at the end of the day. Friday, October 30th concludes the conference and highlights multi-choice Plenary Sessions and Break-Out Sessions in the morning. The conference concludes at 1:00 p.m.

    For further information, please visit the website at

  • Health and the Transition to Adulthood: Building the Foundation for Success
    The Integrated Services Committee of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and UIC Specialized Care for Children presented a webinar for parents and families on incorporating health goals into IEPs and transition plans. The recording of this webinar is available here. The resources and tools mentioned in this webinar are available here.

  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Summary of Performance: Supporting Students’ Post-School Success PDF format
    This PowerPoint presentation provides the legal basis for development of the SOP and also provides practical information about the development and use of this tool to promote successful post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. Viewers can access the slide “notes” by hovering over the icon in the upper left-hand corner on the relevant pages.

  • New "Soft Skills" Curriculum for Youth Released by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
    ODEP has unveiled a new curriculum designed to strengthen the professionalism and interpersonal skills of young people preparing to enter the workforce. Titled "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," this creative and universally designed program features a series of interactive, hands-on activities that educators and youth service professionals can use with youth both with and without disabilities. The curriculum is available in both English and Spanish.

  • Determining Educational Environment Coding for Students with Disabilities Participating in DRS Secondary Transitional Experience Programs (STEP) PDF format

  • Transition Practices Alignment: Evidence-Based Practices, Tools and Resources, and Lesson Plans PDF format
    The Transition Practices Alignment tool assists in the development of goals, strategies and activities for district and/or school improvement plans and provides a go-to resource for teachers or any transition stakeholder to find evidenced-based practices, peruse a variety of tools and resources, and/or research lesson plans. This tool uses the Transition Practices Self Assessment (TPSA) categories of program structure, interagency collaboration, student-focused planning, student development and family involvement for easy correlation with TPSA data.

  • NSTTAC Presenter Guides
    To assist states and local school districts with professional development efforts in the area of secondary transition, NSTTAC has created presenter guides on (a) Indicator 13, and (b) Transition Assessment. These guides include ready-made power points, scripted notes (included in the power point), and all necessary materials needed to complete the activities included in the presentation. Each topic includes a 3-hour presentation and a 1 hour presentation. The guides may also be combined to create full day trainings.

  • Proyecto Visión
    This bilingual web site is a project to connect Latinos with disabilities to employment opportunities. It provides information on education, employment, and independent living resources and lists hundreds of job, scholarship, internship, grant, award, and other educational opportunities of interest to Latinos and students with disabilities.

Indicator 13 - Tools and Resources for the Secondary Transition Plan

Including: information regarding district requirements for Indicator 13, tools and resources for FACTS data collection, district tools such as the Illinois Indicator 13 checklist, a Transition Practices Self-Assessment, a comprehensive PowerPoint slide show on building a better IEP, a transition plan sample, and links to resources from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center.

Indicator 14 - Tools and Resources for Collecting and Using Post-School Outcome Data

Including: district cycle, suggestions for post-school outcomes (Ind. 14) data collection, sample district letter to former student, post-school survey interview questions and interviewer script, strategies for increasing response rates and advise from the field.

Transition Outreach Training for Adult Living (TOTAL) Project

In October 2002 The US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) awarded the Illinois State Board of Education an IDEA Model Outreach grant to implement a multi-tiered statewide training and technical assistance package on research based best practices in secondary transition. The key focus of TOTAL was to systematically build capacity to provide state-of-the-art transition services throughout Illinois. Though the Project period ended in March 2007, the tools and resources developed under the Project are supported by the Illinois State Board of Education and continue to be accessed and implemented in school districts and special education cooperatives across the state.

The link below provides additional information about the TOTAL training modules and access to the TOTAL module videos, the power point slides, tools and resources.

Descriptions of Federally-Supported Projects and Centers That Focus On Youth Transition

The Federal Interagency Partners in Transition Workgroup has developed a directory of federally funded projects and centers focusing on youth transition. The directory includes fifteen descriptions, detailing the name of the project or center, the funding agency, and the target audience. The directory also contains a brief description of each center's purpose, the services they provide, and links to center websites and publications. It is important to note that the document is not exhaustive of all transition services extended through federal, state, or local entities.

Evidence-based Practices in Secondary Transition

Users Guide now available at

This Users Guide was developed by an IDEA Partnership* cross-stakeholder group of practitioners and Technical Assistance Center personnel to provide efficient access to and use of research and materials located on the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center website.

These tools reference educational practices and specific strategies supported by rigorous educational research which have yielded evidence of positive results for students.  Included in this Users Guide are a glossary of terms and a PowerPoint with presenter information.  Highlighted throughout are various materials regarding transition research synthesis, lesson plan starters, and professional development resources.

To access the Users Guide, please go to and click on the Guide under Partnership User Guides on the right side of the home page.

*The IDEA Partnership is a collaboration of more than fifty-five national organizations and technical assistance providers at national, state, and local levels.  The Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning.