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MSAD Transition Activities

Transition is the process by which youth with disabilities move from high school education to working and living in the community as adults. The 3 areas of Transition are Post-secondary Education, Employment and Independent Living.

As required by federal and state law, the transition evaluation and planning process takes place during the students 9th grade year. Areas addressed are post-secondary education, employment, and independent living - which include recreation and leisure, community participation, and home living as appropriate. These transition services and activities are put together by the Individual Education Plan’s (IEP) team, to assist in making a student’s movement from school to post secondary schooling, employment and adult life a success. The student’s individual education plan changes to focus on both academic and functional skills in preparation for adulthood.

At MSAD, transition-related curriculum is built into classes.  Some classes with transition curriculum are required for all high school students, while other classes are electives chosen to meet student needs. Areas covered include:

  • Money management, banking
  • Cooking, shopping, nutrition
  • Community-based services
  • Guest speakers
  • Self-advocacy, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Interpreter Referral Service / Minnesota Relay Service (MRS)
  • Assistive equipment information
  • Job interviewing, job seeking and keeping
  • Business tours, career investigation
  • Career Interest Inventory and Self-Awareness testing
  • Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS)
  • On-line Career Fair
  • Vocational classes
  • Work Experience Program
Transition Related
Special Activities and Programs
  • College testing: ACT, Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) and Northwest Evaluation Association Measurement (NWEA MAP)
  • College recruiter visits, College visits
  • Post-secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) at local colleges
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) counselor participation in transition planning for juniors and seniors
  • Referral to appropriate outside agencies or service providers
After School Transition Related
Activities and programs
  • Team sports (volleyball, football, basketball, track, cheerleading)
  • Scouting programs
  • Jr. NAD
  • Open swim
  • Recreation and leisure program
  • Open gym
  • Life-skills program for grades 7-12
  • Pre-semi independent living program for students in grade 9
  • Semi-independent living program for students in grades 10-12
  • Honors apartment for juniors and seniors
  • Community-based recreation classes
Definitions provided by the Minnesota State Council on Disability

Home Living: selecting a lifestyle and future living situations and developing skills to live as interdependently as possible (e.g., cooking, cleaning, money management, personal grooming, nutrition, issues of sexuality, health care).

Recreation and Leisure: knowing about and experiencing social and free time activities (e.g., movies, plays, listening to music, spending time with other people, and hobbies).

Community Participation: accessing community resources including people, places, and activities in the community (e.g., access to transportation, medical and governmental agencies, clubs and organizations, civic activities).

Jobs and Job Training:  determining career interests and goals and developing employability skills.

Post-secondary Education and Training: selecting educational settings in line with career and other life goals, and learning strategies for success (e.g., preparation for and application to technical colleges, universities, adult education, community colleges, or community education).