Ages 6-14: Transition Planning Checklist

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Consider the following checklist of skills, activities, and services when creating your child’s high school transition plan for his/her IEP.

Independent Living

Identify skills and abilities that will help your son or daughter be as independent as possible, such as:

  • Money Management and Budgeting
  • Decision-Making
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Communication
  • Transportation Training
  • Shopping
  • Cooking
  • Housekeeping


  • Build friendships outside the family.
  • Create a circle of support (family, friends, neighbors).
  • Identify and connect with groups that share similar interests: athletic, faith-based, creative arts, humanitarian, civic and cultural

Employment/Post Secondary Education

  • Identify interests, strengths and needs, and list the types of jobs that would be a good fit.
  • Identify personal contacts useful in finding jobs.
  • Research college courses and programs (integrated and/or specialized).
  • Learn and practice job skills.
  • Apply for employment services from DVR and DDA. (read more)
  • Obtain Assistive Technology and Training.

Financial and Legal

  • Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (learn more at SSA website)
  • Arrange for a Representative Payee for SSI (benefits if money management is a concern)
  • Benefits Planning (including Social Security Work Incentives, such as PASS and IRWE
  • Establish a Special Needs Trust
  • Seek guardianship (if less restrictive alternatives are not appropriate)

Health and Safety

Identify needed skills and/or resources to be healthy and safe:

  • Emergency Recognition and Response
  • Personal Care/Hygiene
  • Counseling
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy

Housing and In-Home Supports

  • Apply for DDA in-home services/supports (e.g., Personal Care, Supported Living, Companion Home, Adult Family Home)
  • Apply for HUD federal housing assistance. (Contact your local Housing Authority to find out how long the waiting list is.) (visit locator)


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