A new school. A new home. A new job. These changes can be exciting but also may present feelings of nervousness, frustration, and even fear. Transitions can be daunting. Life’s transitions can be even more difficult for individuals with disabilities, especially students preparing to complete their education and moving on to adult life.

Transition is a lifelong process that begins at an early age and continues throughout life. The Tennessee Department of Education requires that educators implement a formal transition plan for students with disabilities at age 14. Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) provides a variety of transition services to students with disabilities.

Successful transition planning benefits from collaboration among all stakeholders, including the student, family, potential employers, community members, service providers, and the school system. By providing students with special education services from age 3 to 21 years old, MNPS is an important part of this process.