"Transition is the movement from one set of circumstances to another resulting in changes to environments, relationships, behaviours, routines, roles and expectations. It is a process of change that for some may require substantial preparation planning, adjustment and support".
Inclusive Education: Supporting teachers to respond to the diversity of students' needs. Dept. of Education WA (2010)
Starting school, moving into high school and then into adult life are significant transitions young people experience. In addition, in the 21st century, very few people will have one job for life. Young people can expect to make several changes and reconfigure their career throughout their life. Transition can be both an exciting yet challenging time as they prepare to live, learn and work in a constantly changing and complex world. For young people with a disability, particularly those with high and complex needs, and their families and carers, this can be an incredibly challenging time. The best way to deal with transition is to be well informed and plan for it.
Transition planning is a process that helps young people plan, prepare and work towards achieving their future directions and goals. It is planning now for a desired future. It is a process that:
It's never too early or too late to begin planning. Learning to manage transition and career direction involves skills that are built over time and experience. Things to do: