Beginning at age 14, students are invited to attend their annual IEP meeting and contribute their ideas for the purposes of planning life beyond school. Smithfield Public Schools utilizes a person-centered approach focusing on strengths, capabilities, interests, and preferences. Communication and information is shared between parents, students, teachers, agencies, and other interested parties.
The most effective transition planning involves consumers and parents as leaders in mapping the educational experience and the years after graduation. Empowering the family and student to do their own case management, become involved in policy-making bodies, and contribute as equal partners in the IEP process is paramount to successful transition outcomes.