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Secondary Transition Resources

What is Secondary Transition?

Secondary transition is the process of preparing students for adult life after they leave high school.  In the state of Pennsylvania, transition planning begins at age 14 or younger, as determined appropriate by the IEP team.  The planning process helps students consider their goals for the time after graduation through career awareness exploration activities.  The transition continues through high school as academic instruction and community experiences help clarify and support students’ goals.  The process is based on each student’s needs, taking into account their strengths, preferences, and interests.  Transition is a bridge between school programs and the opportunities for adult life.  These opportunities often include higher education or training, employment, independent living, and community participation.  

Pennsylvania Secondary Transition Guide: The website is organized by secondary transition topics that cover key areas, including post-secondary education and training, employment and community living. Information on the website is designed to highlight important subjects and activities based on a student's age. The website links to other Pennsylvania agencies and departments that support secondary transition. Materials for youth and families are added to the web portal frequently, so be sure to add the website to your favorites and return to the site often!

Transition Discoveries: Here at the Transition Discoveries initiative we collaborate with communities to co-design opportunities for youth, families, and stakeholders to build on their knowledge, skills and relationships to prepare for life after high school. By doing this, everyone will be empowered to identify transition practices that work for them and design new approaches that help young people better reach their goals.



Instructions for initiating an OVR referral

21 & Able

NTACT: Information, tools, and supports to assist multiple stakeholders to provide effective services and instruction for students and out-of-school youth with disabilities.

Secondary Transition: What Families Need to Know