IEP transition planning is an important time for disabled students. Per IDEA, this begins at age 16, although some states start it younger. In Florida, this is at age 12!

A solid transition plan and IEP transition goals will help make sure your child has the skills necessary to be a successful adult. This includes all levels and abilities.

Make sure that you consider the following areas when adding IEP transition goals to your child’s plan.

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Start with a Solid IEP Transition Plan

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There’s nothing wrong with disabled adults working in food service, if that’s what they want to do. But, if it’s not their career goal, their individual preferences should be considered and used in planning.

A solid transition plan starts with goals that are individual to the child. Here are a few ideas to consider.

To learn more: IEP Transition Planning

Vocational IEP Goals

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Disabled students can stay in school until age 21 if their individual needs warrant it. For some students, those extra years are used for vocational training.

To learn more about: Vocational IEP Goals

Independent Living Goals

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All students should be encouraged and supported to achieve their maximum level of independence. What that looks like will be different for every student.

Get more ideas on functional life skills: Independent Living IEP Goals

Postsecondary IEP Goals


Lots of learning disabled students go to college. We want to make sure they’re successful, so take a look at what skills they might need before leaving high school.

To learn more: postsecondary IEP Goals

Community Safety Goals for Teens

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Does your disabled child know what to do if there’s a fire? Or work a fire extinguisher? Knowing community safety procedures (who to call, what to do) in case of an emergency is necessary for independent living

To learn more: Community Safety IEP Goals

Transportation IEP Goals

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To achieve independence, our disabled kids will need transportation. For some, that means driving. For others, that’s learning how to ride a bus, read a bus schedule, ride public transportation or ride sharing apps.

Discover ideas for your child: Transportation IEP Goals

Hygiene IEP Goals

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No one likes to talk about it, but everyone has to know it! Personal hygiene goals might be a consideration for your child, if they struggle to do these things without a parent reminding them to do so.

To learn more: Personal Hygiene IEP Goals

Functional Money IEP Goals

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To live on your own, you have to have money! Knowing how and when to spend money, understanding how money moves from bank to spending…all of that and more are in the list below.

Can your child do these: Functional Money IEP Goals

Recreation IEP Goals

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Yes, you can put recreation goals on an IEP. Knowing how to spend your free time meaningfully, developing healthy habits and circles of friends are all important skills for adults to have.

To learn more: Recreation IEP Goals

Community Based Instruction

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Depending on a student’s situation, community based instruction should be added to an IEP. This gives the student opportunities to learn these important skills for independence and get real-time feedback from an instructor.

How to add Community Based Instruction to an IEP: Community Based Instruction

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