Ages 14-21: Transition Timeline

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Age 14

  • Begin transition planning (go to Transition Planning Checklist)
  • Include the student in planning

Age 15-16

  • Apply for Washington State Identification Card (go to DOL website)
  • Be sure to include self-advocacy goals in IEP (more about self-advocacy organizations in Washington)
  • Determine graduation date

Age 18

Age 18-19

  • Option to enroll in High School Transition Program until age 21 or continue on to post-secondary education

Final Year of School

Any Age

  • Apply for services from DDA. Even if there is a wait list for services, it’s important to request the services you need so that when funding becomes available, you will be in line. It also helps the state make requests for funding when people come forward who need services.


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  • Create a vision for the future. Set goals. Identify helpful people and needed supports.
    Let Your Person Centered Planning Guide help you plan and prepare for each stage of life.

  • Informing Families is a partnership for better communication, provided by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council in collaboration with the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration and other partners throughout the state.