12465 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606  Phone: (757) 591-4500

Transition Services

Transition Services

Joan Lovegren-O'Brien
Program Administrator
Transition Programs/I'm Determined
(757) 283-7850 x.10430
Fax: (757) 599-5605

What is Transition Planning?

The federal law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, defines secondary transition as a coordinated set of activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic achievement and functional performance to facilitate movement from school to post-school activities.

Virginia Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities states that secondary transition services will be addressed prior to the child entering secondary school but not later than when the child turns 14, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team, and updated annually thereafter.

The IEP shall include age-appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and where appropriate, independent living skills; and transition services, including courses of study, needed to assist the child in reaching those goals.

  • Postsecondary education
  • Career and technical education
  • Integrated employment
  • Continuing/adult education
  • Adult services
  • Independent living
  • Community participation

The key to a successful transition is early and thoughtful planning. Students must be actively involved in the planning process.

Transition Planning is based upon:

  • Student’s preferences
  • Student’s interests
  • Student’s needs
  • Student’s strengths

Transition services include:

  • Activities needed to assist the student in reaching postsecondary goals
  • Courses of study

Who can participate in Transition planning?

  • Student
  • Parents or guardians
  • Special educator
  • Guidance counselor
  • CTE teacher
  • Vocational evaluator
  • Therapist
  • Adult agency services providers
  • Anyone who has a vested interest in the student’s postsecondary activities

Transition Services provided in NNPS:

  • Informal transition assessments
  • Transition planning & attendance to IEP meetings
  • Career and technical course referrals
  • Referral source to local agencies
  • Transition data collection
  • Tours
    -- Versability of the VA Peninsula
    -- New Horizons Regional Education Center
    -- Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center

Transition Programs in NNPS:

  • Versability Supported Day Program
  • Versability Transition Computer Program
  • Career & Technical Education Programs
  • Career Evaluations
  • Practical Assessment Exploratory System (PAES Lab)
  • Work Experience (WE) I, II, III

Educational options after High School

  • Community Colleges
  • Four-year Colleges
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Apprenticeships
  • Military Service
  • Adult Education
  • Technical Schools
  • Independent Living Skills