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Transition Services, Programs and Supports

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Preparing for Life After High School

Secondary transition is the process of preparing students for life after they leave high school, including participation in post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living.  Secondary transition training begins in Pre-Kindergarten, with the ultimate outcome of students living independently based on their preferences, abilities and limitations.

Career Exposure - PreK-Grade 5

  • Identify preferences
  • Build employment vocabulary
  • Practice teamwork skills
  • Learn time management skills
  • Practice classroom job skills
  • Identify jobs in the community
  • Identify skills needed for jobs
  • Practice financial literacy

Career Exploration - Grades 6-8

  • Identify potential careers
  • Recognize personal abilities
  • Identify personal limitations
  • Practive workforce soft skills
  • Identify skills needed for work
  • Sample work in career interests
  • Practive financial literacy
  • Learn health care literacy

Career Experience - Grades 9-12

  • Practice financial literacy
  • Practice health care literacy
  • Visit colleges & trade schools
  • Build resume and cover letter
  • Practice ethical behavior
  • Experience paid work and interneships
  • Identify supports needed for work or education with adult agency

DCPS has implemented a number of initiatives to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities and provide them with the opportunity to improve job skills, earn credits, and to learn the self-advocacy skills needed to live as independently as possible. 

For more information on special education programs and services in DCPS, please refer to the DCPS Special Education Family Guide.

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