In preparation for life after high school, a child who receives special education services begins transition services at the age of 14. Community Crossroads would like to partner with you, your child, and your child’s IEP team to meet his/her individual needs throughout this phase in his/her life. It is very important that we be involved in school meetings, IEP meetings, transition meetings, etc. Beginning the planning and mapping of your son/daughters future is very important. We would like to be a part of that with you.
Working with your school on the long range plan of what the transition years will ‘look like’ is critical to the success of the plan. It is crucial to have the knowledge that your child is entitled to receive special education services through his/her IEP until they turn 21. Every student will have a unique plan for the future, called their Transition Plan. There should be goals in their IEP that will map from beginning of the transition to the end of special education services at the age of 21. Some school districts are very creative and hire vendors to begin working on employment skills during high school. Others may have different things that they offer in the community or school. The main point is that this plan should be tailored your child’s needs. We would like to be a part of the IEP and transition team for your child. We welcome you to let us know when the meetings are so that we can be a part of the planning and get to know your child’s needs for future needs that he/she may have after they leave school at the age of 21.
Community Crossroads mails each family going through the transition process a Transition Guide at the age of 15. The guide is complete with pertinent information about consistent enrollment in adult NH Medicaid, known as APTD, how to apply for Social Security benefits and guardianship, etc. We also mail a packet at 17 ½ years of age with some reminders about specific information such as APTD Medicaid, etc.
Please contact your service/support coordinator for additional information that you may need. Please know that we would like to be a part of your child’s team to partake in the planning process and offer support to you and your family during this stressful, but exciting time.
603-893-1299 ext. 331
603-893-1299 ext. 330