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Secondary Transition

MSDE Technical Assistance Bulletin
November 2019

Secondary Transition is the process of preparing students for adult life after they leave high school. Transition planning begins in Maryland at age 14 as students explore and discover what they want their post-school goals and outcomes to be through career awareness activities.


Transition Symposium 2019

Speaker Presentations

The Transition Symposium, held this year on Nov. 9, 2019, offers resources to transition-age youth with IEP/504 Plans (ages 14-24), their parents, families, educators, and human service professionals.


Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Fact Sheets

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is the principle funder of community supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Maryland. Understanding key aspects of the DDA service system, including rules, rights, processes, and timelines is essential to accessing the supports.

Mobile Apps to Support Transition-Age Youth

Mobile Apps to Support Transition-Age Youth

Many free and low-cost mobile apps are available to support transition-age youth with disabilities as they embark on their journey towards post-secondary education, job training, employment, and independent living. This PACER Center guide lists mobile apps that have been reviewed by parents and professionals


College for Students with Disabilities

A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators

There are many pathways to achieve independence through higher education. The College for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Students Families, and Educators from Maryville University gives you an idea of what to expect as you research your options.


Transition Planning Guide for Individuals with Disabilities

Maryland State Department of Education

The MSDE Transition Planning Guide for Individuals with Disabilities (2017) provides information to students, parents/guardians, educators, and community agencies about the transition process.


Planning for Transition Success

June 1017 Presentation by Katie Collins-Ihrke, MBA, MS
Executive Director
Accessible Resources for Independence


Reach Indpendence Through Self Employment (RISE) Program

Presented by Morris Tranen at the Transition Symposium March 18, 2017

Self-employment is a vocational option for individuals with severe disabilities. The RISE Program facilitates and encourages the successful launch and operation of consumer-owned ventures.

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Help Your Teen Develop Self-Advocacy Skills

Maryland Department of Disabilities

Start by making sure your teen has a clear understanding of his disability, his strengths, and his weaknesses.

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K-12 Career Explorer

The K-12 Career Explorer is based on the Maryland Career Development Framework and is designed for parents and teachers with children from pre-K through 12th grade.