High School Transition for Students with Disabilities

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.

Focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.

Technical Assistance by the Transition Services Liaison Project:

The mission of the Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP) is to enable students with disabilities to reach their maximum potential in their transition from high school to the adult world. The state of SD has 5 regionally based staff to provide supports and technical assistance to students with disabilities and their families, local education agencies seeking information on transition planning.

Activities provided by the liaisons include:

1)Training to students, families, schools, VR Counselors, and adult service agencies on transition and development of transition plans
2) Identifying and obtaining instructional materials
3) Written technical assistance guides made available for interested individuals.

TSLP is funded by SD Special Education Programs Office and Division of Rehabilitation Services, with Black Hills Special Services Cooperative being the program management agency.

TSLP website has a vast array of documents, resources, etc… for school districts, students, and parents. Please visit their website at www.tslp.org.

Predictor of Success:

Career Awareness is a predictor of secondary transition success for students with disabilities. SD MyLife at sdmylife.com, provides students access beginning in 8th grade until 5 years after they exit public education. SD MyLife provides students an opportunity to identify with a career that is related to their interest areas and ability. It also helps them plan coursework, possible post secondary training options, create a resume, connect with businesses in South Dakota and many other activities. SD MyLife is assistive technology accessible for almost all areas of the online application.

College and Career Ready: Preparing Students with Disabilities
Exit Checklist for Teachers
Guidance Policy: Students with Disabilities - Virtual High School
Graduation Q and A
Sample Consent Form
Summary of Performance
Indicator 14 - High School Outcomes
Appendix B
Indicator 14 TA Guide
Indicator 14 Secured Website

Useful Links:

National Dropout Prevention
National Collaborative Workforce
National Technical Assistance Center on Transition


If you have questions, please contact the Special Education Office at the South Dakota Department of Education at 605-773-3678.