Transition Timeline

  • Transition:  Moving from School to Adulthood
    A suggested timeline presented to you by The Illinois Department of Human Services- Division of Rehabilitation Services

    14 Year Olds
    • determine transition needs
    • complete questionnaires & interest inventories
    • explore recreation & leisure interests
    • discuss medical needs & therapies
    • consider needs and when appropriate, develop independent living skills
    • begin early career exploration
    • explore summer programs and employment options
    • increase self advocacy skills via training
    • complete IEP and transition plans
    • develop post secondary goals
    • complete PUNS (Priority of URgency of Needs for Services) updates for students with an intellectual disability
    • utilize PAS (Pre-Admission Screening Agents)
    • promote person centered planning
    • offer parents disability awareness training
    • encourage student participation in self directed IEP's
    • encourage parent and service provider participation in IEP meetings
    • explore transportation needs
    • review courses of study for high school
    15 Year Olds
    • Promote student participation in career events
    • initiate referrals to relevant state and community agencies
    • explore residential programming options, as appropriate
    • determine transportation and mobility training needs
    • explore case management needs
    • discuss residential programs/waiting list processes
    • determine appropriateness for referrals to school to work programs
    • explore summer programs and employment opportunities
    • explore current and future living options
    • encourage student participation in self directed IEP's
    • encourage parent and service provider participation in IEP meetings
    • review high school course of study
    • discuss potential for Supplemental Social Security (SSI) and Social Security Work Incentives (SSWI)
    • explore needs for home services and assistive technology 
    • review/revise Transition Plans and services, as applicable
    16 Year Olds
    • participate in interest/vocational inventory (self directed search)
    • discuss supported employment and job coaching
    • complete work rating scale
    • access career counseling and job shadowing
    • consider work training and post secondary education options
    • obtain a drivers license or a state ID card
    • introduce concepts of guardianship, power of attorney, wills/trusts
    • explore summer program and employment options
    • review high school course of study
    • make referral to appropriate outside agencies
    • invite service providers to IEP meeting
    • review transition goals in the IEP and revise, if necessary
    17 Year Olds
    • obtain functional vocational evaluations
    • enroll in vocational education class
    • discuss taxes and medical insurance
    • investigate financial aid resources
    • establish graduation date
    • visit vocational, educational, and residential options
    • register for and complete ACT or SAT testing, if appropriate
    • invite service providers to IEP meeting
    • review high school course of study
    • apply to/visit post secondary education programs
    • apply for reduced fare card and/or Para transit door to door services
    • review the Transition Plan in the IEP and revise if necessary
    18 Year Olds
    • apply for post secondary vocational services for colleges, trade schools, and training centers
    • explore apprenticeship, job shadowing and/or mentoring programs
    • explore options for accessing therapy/counseling and/or other community agencies
    • referral to adult service providers and include in transition planning meeting
    • confirm student's legal status for self representation
    • apply for income support (SSI), public aid (Medicaid), and general assistance
    • consider guardianship power of attorney, wills and trusts, delegation of educational rights
    • apply for reduced fare card and/or Para transit door to door services
    • register to vote and for selective service
    • secure high school records for planning/services
    • contact case management agency that coordinates funding for in home and residential supported living in the community, if appropriate
    • review high school course of study
    • review Transition Plan
    • complete summary of performance if exiting school
    19-22 Year Olds
    • identify and access recreation/leisure options
    • actively participate in post secondary vocational services (college/trade schools) and/or employment
    • encourage active participation with adult service providers (for students remaining in high school)
    • follow up with referrals for service provision from adult service providers
    • investigate and/or confirm day programs and workshops
    • investigate post secondary education with follow up services
    • apply for medicaid, if appropriate
    • pursue adult education
    • systematic phase out of school supports, phase in of adult services
    • invite service providers to IEP meeting
    • review high school course of study
    • complete summary of performance if exiting school