Secondary Transition


Secondary Transition refers to the IDEA mandate that LEAs provide services to assist students in transitioning from high school to post-secondary. It addresses three general areas in the IEP: Post-secondary Employment, Post-secondary Education and Training, Post-secondary Independent Living.

Transition Policies

Transition Tools

  • The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center has published a Transition Toolkit
  • There is an abundance of information regarding transition planning for students with disabilities available on the internet. Transition Resource Table contains the most frequently used low-cost/ no-cost web-based transition resources available to professionals, students with disabilities and their families.
  • An individual learning plan is a tool that high school students can use to define their personal interests and goals related to their career and postsecondary education


RSA, Rehabilitation Service Administration, and DDA, the Department of Disabilities Administration are two of the departments under DDS.  At the school level RSA works with individuals with disabilities who are eligible, or potentially eligible, for services to prepare them to obtain and maintain employment.  This is provided for under the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA).  At this link you can access the information for the RSA eligibility and intake process. Rehabilitation Services Administration referral form is the document needed to begin the RSA application.

DDA is the “public agency responsible for the oversight and coordination of all the services and supports provided to qualified persons with intellectual disabilities in the District of Columbia.” DDA coordinates home and community services so each person can live and work in the neighborhood of his or her choosing, and promotes health, wellness and quality of life through service coordination and monitoring, clinical supports. Services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities include: DDA Divisions, Office of Rights and Advocacy, Home and Community Based Services Waiver Program, Money Follows the Person, and Health and Wellness.  This link provides information on how to apply for services and what the services are.

General Education and College


  • Transition Assessment Powerpoint
  • This PDF file is a 45 question scale to help students determine their learning style.  To assist with determining the results please see the CITE Learning Style Inventory Tracker. CITE Learning Styles Instrument
  • CITE Learning Style Inventory Tracker  This is an excel document.  Please use the tabs to navigate through the document.  Enter the student’s name and their raw data on the first sheet, their results come out on the second, and the interpretation is on the third.
  • Career Navigator Developed by New Futures this website allows students to create an acount, take a career interest assessment, and stores their information online.  From there students can explore careers and career paths.

Resources at the Co-op

The Co-op has many things to support your secondary transition work.  Let us know if you’d like to come in and preview any of the following materials!

  • Assessments: Brigance TSI Inventory (test manual and student booklets); Brigance TSI Activity Booklet; O*Net; Transition Planning Inventory
  • Curriculum: Casey Life Skills; Life Centered Education; and others listed in this Curriculums at the Co-op (Updated 7/19/2016).
  • Binders: These consist of a resources pulled from a variety of different sites.  The topics of the binders are: Employment, Education/Training, Independent Living, Self-Determination, Trainings.