Secondary Transition


Secondary transition services refer to the system of supports public schools and adult service agencies are required to provide to young adults with disabilities in order for transition-aged youth to acquire the capacity to understand and direct their movement from school to adult life, including the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to access and navigate supports and services available to them through an array of postsecondary education institutions, public agencies, and community-based organizations.

The field of secondary transition defines interagency collaboration as, “a clear, purposeful, and carefully designed process that promotes cross-agency, cross-program, and cross-disciplinary collaborative efforts leading to tangible transition outcomes for youth.”[1]

SchoolTalk supports interagency collaboration by serving as a neutral resource for all stakeholders. Our strategies include

Our Strategies:

  • Program development and implementation from time limited projects to …
  • Technical assistance across a wide range of effective secondary transition practices including program development, student-led IEPS, and employment preparation.
  • Training of parents, school personnel, and other special education stakeholders in secondary transition policies, procedures and practices;
  • Facilitation of meetings between secondary transition stakeholders; and
  • Forums for multiple stakeholders to come together to identify issues and work toward solutions.
  • Facilitation of meetings between secondary transition stakeholders; and
  • Forums for multiple stakeholders to come together to identify issues and work toward solutions.

[1] Rowe, D. A., Alverson, C. Y., Unruh, D. K., Fowler, C. H., Kellems, R., & Test, D. W. (2015). A Delphi study to operationalize evidence-based predictors in secondary transition. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 38(2), 113-126. Doi: 10.1177/21651434145266429




To provide a way for DC youth with disabilities, IEPs, and 504 plans (ages 12-25) to connect to opportunities in their communities to be leaders and build the skills needed to succeed.  The DC Youth Leaders Network provides opportunities to: (1) Speak to policy makers in government; (2) Connect with employers; (3) Work with your peers and build self-advocacy skills; (4) Participate in local transition conferences in DC, VA, PA, DE, etc.; (5) Facilitate and lead local trainings and workshops for youth, schools, service providers, parents, etc.; (6) Network with local and national experts; and (7) Participate in self-expression through the arts.

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