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The 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) refocused the Individualized Education Program (IEP) development and implementation process to raise learning expectations for all students with disabilities. One component of the IEP is "transition services," a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability designed within a results-oriented process. These activities promote movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated competitive employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. The coordinated set of activities is based upon the individual student's needs, taking into account the student's preferences and interests, and include instruction, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

Source: New York State Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Part 200, 8 NYCRR 200.1(rr); New York State Education Department, Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities Web site.


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