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 aencies 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.

South Dakota Special Education Teachers are utilizing SD MyLife in a variety of ways. They create lesson plans that are beneficial for the student for post high school planning but also for the Individual Education Plan (IEP) teams as they create a transition plan. Two South Dakota educators created lesson plans and example Individual Education Plans to showcase SD MyLife incorporated into the Individual Education Plan. The following are lesson plan and example Individual Education Plans for your reference:

Lesson Plan Name Lesson Plan and Description Worksheet
Job I’d Like to Have A Job I’d Like To Have Career Research Worksheet
Using My Skills SD MyLife Lesson Plan – Skills and Abilities
I’m college-bound! Now where do I want to Go?! College Selection SD MyLife College Search Worksheet
Mad Skillz What is my dream job? What tasks do I like? What obstacles do I need to overcome?
I Can Do This!
Creating a Personal Learning Plan Personal Learning Plan
Evidence Based Predictor Programs in South Dakota
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
Teachers Toolkit
Indicator 14 - High School Outcomes
Appendix B
Exit Survey
Indicator 14 TA Guide
Website for login information
Dropout Webinar:
Watertown Innovative Programs (9/24/13)
Watertown Innovative Programs (pdf)
Indicator 13 Webinar

Useful Links:

National Dropout Prevention
National Collaborative Workforce
Post-School Outcome Center
Transition Assistance


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