A major component of secondary transition planning is that the sequential transition activities and services are person-centered and drive the Individual Education Program (IEP). For students to successfully exit high school prepared for college, career, and community, early planning is crucial. In Maryland, transition planning and the delivery of transition services begins during the IEP year in which the student turns 14 years of age.
Transition services must be provided to assist the student in the attainment of skills necessary to reach his or her postsecondary goals. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines transition services as a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that are: