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When a child turns 14 years of age, their IEP begins to focus on Transition Services. This will begin to look at the "PINS" of your child; short for Preferences, Interests, Needs and Strengths. This will begin to build a youth’s independence and participation in school, home, and community living and helps to prepare them for their futures.
What does that mean for you as a parent? Consider yourself as a valuable, important partner, not an observer, on the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Share what you know about your child by communicating strengths, interests, and needs during IEP meetings. Teachers highly value this type of information from parents because it helps provide essential details that assessments and school observation cannot. Remember, you know your child best!
What does this have to do with Employment?
According to state law in Ohio, employment services for people with developmental disabilities shall be directed at community employment and all people with developmental disabilities are presumed capable of community employment.
How does this coincide with my child's IEP?
Transition assessment affords the opportunity for professionals from across agencies to co-plan and review information that will highlight the youth's preferences, interests, needs and skills relevant to building a profile of the youth as a future employee. A team approach to assessment –adult service personnel, educators, youth and family working collaboratively—results in a profile that informs the pathway to community employment that is the 'best fit' for the youth.
How can my child obtain employment?
Resources for employment
Check out these great resources below!