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One of the most important roles for a parent of a child with autism is preparing them for independent living, future educational opportunities, and gainful employment. While these transitions can be challenging, they are not impossible. Having a plan in place early on could alleviate many of these challenges.
A transition planning lawyer can help you develop a transition plan that gives students the resources needed to guide them toward higher education. This effort starts with obtaining the appropriate high school diploma and continues until they enter college. A dedicated special education attorney can help your family prepare for this critical life development.
What is Transition Planning?
A transition plan is a series of steps that assists a student with autism or any other disability in moving seamlessly from high school into higher education or employment. This level of planning is necessary, as sudden deviations from a routine can be hard on individuals living with autism. For that reason, many parents begin planning for the transition to college when their child is in middle school. In some cases, this process could begin even earlier.
No two transition plans are exactly the same. Instead, each plan should be tailored to an individual student. The plan should account for the student’s preferences, interests, and ability to communicate.
Steps for Transition Planning
Transition planning can be a lengthy process that includes a number of individual steps. Each of these steps is important and should be addressed early on in the process.
The first step in the secondary-education transition process is to identify a student’s long-term goals. For example, the steps to ensure a child qualifies for trade school could be much different compared to a student seeking a college degree. Identifying these goals early on in the process could make it easier to achieve them as the child grows.
It is never too soon to teach a child to advocate on their own behalf. The earlier a child is able to express their needs, the smoother the transition will be. This often begins with discussing a child’s strengths and gifts before explaining the challenges they face with their disability, as well as how to overcome them. This is an incredibly important skill to have while living and working on their own.
Adjusting Transition Plans as Needed
Most parents preparing a transition plan are doing so for the first time. It is important that they understand that goals and plans can change often. It is helpful to adjust the plan along the way and also to continually evaluate goals. Issues that arise can be dealt with without upending the plan entirely.
Talk to a Professional
With many factors to consider, it can be difficult for any family to keep up with a transition plan over the years. However, it is important to try and keep the plan on track so that students are not blindsided when the time comes to enter college or the job force. An attorney who understands the transition planning process can offer valuable insight. Putting this process in the hands of experienced legal counsel could lift the stress from your shoulders and give you peace of mind that you have done the best you can for your child’s future.
Talk to a Transition Planning Attorney Today
For many parents, the thought of developing a multi-year plan for their child’s transition from high school to college might seem daunting, especially if the child is on the autism spectrum. The good news is that you do not have to take on these challenges alone. Reach out to KJK today to discuss your options.
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