Guidance and Resources

Transition Resources

Published: 6/24/2024 8:35 AM
​​​​​​​​​The goal of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Office of Special Education and Early Learning (OSEEL) is the successful transition of all students from school to post-school activities - whether postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living​ or community participation. We also recognize that many other transitions occur over the course of the life of an individual​. This page contains information and resources which may prove helpful as districts and parents work together to develop meaningful transition plans for students with severe disabilities.​

Kentucky's Framework for Systems Level Transition Planning 

  • The KDE's OSEEL presents Kentucky's Framework for ​Systems Level Transition Planning. This resource may serve as a tool to support district and interagency teams in offering a transformative transition planning process that prepares students with disabilities for the realities of today and the future.​​
The Kentucky Profile of Transition Practices 

The Education Directory for Children with Special Needs

The directory consists of two components:

  • The Early Inte​rvention Directory focusing on early intervention services for children birth through 3 years old;
  • The School-Age Directory focusing on education services for children with special needs, 3 through 21 years old

Summary of Performance Technical Assistance Documents

The IDEA '04 and the Kentucky Administrative Regulations require that “for students who graduate or age out of the program, the LEA shall provide the child with a summary of the child’s academic achievement and functional performance including recommendations on how to assist the child in meeting the child’s postsecondary goals (707 KAR 1:300 Section 4 (21)). In an effort to assist districts in meeting this requirement, two optional formats for documenting the “Summary of Performance” have been developed. The options are:

  • Option 1 – was developed just after the IDEA was reauthorized in 2004 and has been used by districts since that time.
  • Option 2 – is a recently developed format that is now available. This option outlines a more student-directed approach to the Summary of Performance. The format attached is the teacher’s copy with annotations on how to complete, as well as a blank student copy.
  • Option 3 – Your district may also develop its own way of documenting the Summary of Performance as long as the regulatory requirements are met.

Independent Living/Community Participation

The following resources may be useful in helping you to achieve your objectives related to independent living and community participation needs:

The Arc of Kentucky holds a Vision of a positive future for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities , a future of communities with services and supports that will promote lives of value for Kentuckians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

With offices located in Louisville and Murray and services spanning the entire state of Kentucky, the mission of the Center for Accessible Living is to empower all people to achieve their goal of independent living while involving the entire community.

The Supports for Community Living (SCL) Waiver Branch of the Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DDID) provides staff support for and oversight of the Supports for Community Living waiver program. The focus of SCL is to allow a person to remain in or return to the community. Persons with developmental or intellectual disabilities who meet the requirements for residence in an Intermediate Care Facility for persons with Intellectual Disabilities, and who meet other Medicaid requirements, are eligible for this program.

Postsecondary Education

If your goals include continuing your education after high school, congratulations! Students who complete some kind of postsecondary education/training typically earn more money and experience better outcomes than do students who have only a high school diploma. The resources on this page are designed to assist you and your team as you plan for postsecondary education/training.

ACT is committed to serving students with disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the student's diagnosis. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an applicant's disability and the process for requesting accommodations.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

GEAR UP Kentucky is a program that focuses on improving the skills of at-risk students, and encourages them to stay in school, study hard, and take the right courses to go to college.

College Navigator is a research tool that allows access to information about more than 9,000 vocational-technical schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S. Users may search College Navigator by geographic region, state, city, type of institution, or instructional program, either alone or in combination. This is a product of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The Kentucky Association on Higher Education and Disability is a non-profit professional organization whose purpose is to promote communication among professionals in post-secondary education in order to improve the development and implementation of services to persons with disabilities.

Students with documented disabilities that require individualized accommodations should do two things: contact the Disability Resource Coordinator at their home college and inform their instructors.

KHEAA is a public corporation and governmental agency and instrumentality of the Commonwealth established in 1966 to improve students’ access to higher education. KHEAA administers several financial aid programs and disseminates information about higher education opportunities.

Youth with intellectual disabilities have not had many chances to go to college. This is changing as individuals across the country begin to create opportunities for these youth to reap the benefits of postsecondary education. This website will provide information and links to anyone interested in finding out more about the possibilities.

Do you know what is in store for students with disabilities who graduate from your school and head off to postsecondary education?  Do you have the information you need to advise them on what to expect in postsecondary education?

This is a database of private postsecondary vocational-technical schools in all 50 states, organized by state and training programs offered. All the schools listed are state licensed or accredited, but the information is limited to the institution's name, address, and phone number. At the top of each state is a link to resources for that state from the U.S. Department of Education. Visually impaired users should be aware that there is a Text Only alternative to the graphic map of the United States at the top of that page. 

Vocational Training and Employment Resources

The following resources may be useful in helping you to identify, plan for and achieve your postsecondary training and vocational goals.

The mission of the Center is to provide services that enable Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.  The Center is a division of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). 

The Community Based Work Transition Program is designed to provide a positive beginning in the world of work for students in special education during their last two years of high school. It is a cooperative effort between participating local school districts, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Kentucky Department for the Blind, and HDI.

The mission of Career and Technical Education is to assist schools in providing students with skills necessary for a successful transition to postsecondary education or work and a desire for life-long learning in a global society.

The Kentucky Adult Education Act passed by the 2000 General Assembly created a partnership with the Council on Postsecondary Education, increased funding and set the stage for dramatic improvements in the educational status of adult Kentuckians who lack a high school diploma, function at low levels of literacy or want to learn English.

The Kentucky Office for the Blind has consolidated services with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation effective October 1, 2018. 

NCWD/Youth works to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment and independent living. 

The mission of the OCTE is to develop a versatile individual by providing technical education and skills training in a safe environment. OCTE’s goals include providing technical skills training to secondary students that leads to successful post high school transition, and enhancing career exploration options for secondary students.

The United States Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) seeks to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by expanding access to training, education, employment supports, assistive technology, integrated employment, entrepreneurial development, and small-business opportunities. The agency also builds partnerships with employers and state and local agencies to increase awareness of the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, and to facilitate the use of effective strategies.

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.

Supported employment is designed to promote personalized employment opportunities for people with disabilities when they need support to: discover personal interests and contributions, find or negotiate a job that fits things they like to do and do well, become established as valued employees; and pursue job advancements. 

Technical Assistance Centers

The following websites provide resources for local education agencies, parents and students, and offer a wealth of helpful information including knowledge development, evidence-based strategies/interventions/practices, and many other resources to help facilitate the successful transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities.

The Human Development Institute is Kentucky’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. We focus our efforts on improving lifelong opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities, their families and the community. HDI’s research, training and service projects, address a wide range of topics and issues in areas such as early childhood, education and alternate assessment, transition across the lifespan, employment, community living, and personnel preparation.

KYPSO develops and oversees the administration of the Kentucky Post School Outcome Study, a longitudinal investigation of the post school outcomes of Kentucky youth with educational disabilities during the final year of high school and one year after high school exit. The goal of the KYPSO is to collect data related to student post school plans and outcomes for the purpose of determining best transition practices.

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

NCLD-Youth is a youth-led resource, information, and training center for youth and emerging leaders with developmental disabilities.  The project focuses on the five areas of youth development: learning, connecting, thriving, working, and leading.

Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it's especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. Resources for parents, students and professionals. 

NTACT assists states in building capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities.

Please email the Transition Education Unit if you have any questions.


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