Once a child turns 14 (and at age 16 at the absolute latest), they will need an IEP reevaluation that shifts the focus from purely focusing on academic skills to skills they will need to succeed as an adult. During this re-evaluation, the team draws up a document called an Individualized Transition Plan (ITP), which outlines how the child will transition from structured student life into adult life. The ITP helps determine what services and support the child will need to live as independently as possible, and allows students to set future goals. For some, this may mean an assisted living environment, college, vocational training or work. The ITP follows the student after they complete high school, sometimes until ages 22-26 (depending on the state).
Just like an IEP, the ITP outlines the student’s abilities, needs, goals and the services they need to receive in order to attain varying degrees of independence. Considerations include medical needs and their aptitude for either further education or employment. New topics of consideration include community support services available to the child, income streams, planned living arrangements, and available community activities and transportation.
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Your child was just diagnosed with HIE and your head is spinning with what may feel like a thousand different things. Questions, medical terms, care plans; it can be difficult to make sense of everything that has happened.
As you start to do your research on exactly what your child’s diagnosis means, you may be bombarded with facts, information, and advice regarding HIE, and you may be lost as to where to turn next.
We want to hear your story. HIE Help Center is owned by ABC Law Centers (a birth injury law firm). The intake team at ABC Law Centers is here to listen to every detail of what you and your family may have gone through during labor and delivery. Although we are not doctors can cannot provide medical advice, our team can provide you with resources specifically tailored to your situation. Our team has reviewed and handled thousands of cases and is trained to recognize if there may have been medical malpractice that lead to your child’s diagnosis, and we can advise if taking legal action may be beneficial to you and your family.
Call us at (888) 329-0122 to speak with a member of our intake team.
Other Resources for Individual Transition Plans:
- ITPs: An Overview
- ITPs: Frequently Asked Questions
- GreatSchools: Transition Planning
- A Guide to the ITP Process: Step-by-step Breakdown
- ITPs: A Guide for Educators
- Sample Simplified Transition Plans
- Charting a Course for the Future: Transition Toolkit
- Transition Planning Guide – Detailed (Includes Transition Checklists and worksheets; state-specific to Alabama)
- PACER Center: Middle and High School Transition Planning
- Summaries of Performance: Required Parts of the ITP
- National Center on Secondary Education and Transition