Louisiana law requires that by the time your child turns 16, the IEP must include planning for their life after school.
This is called transition planning, and should start with your child's vision for their future.
Here's what you can do:
- Think about what you see your child doing after high school (or after they are 22 and no longer in a school program).
Encourage your child to think about their interests, values, and future goals.
Give them opportunities to practice making decisions and to learn about themselves. These conversations will help the IEP team (including you!) create a transition plan that is really what your child wants.
Get advice from friends, teachers, or service providers.
Talk as a family about all these things and use the information to help with your transition planning.
Well tell you more about transition planning, including different graduation pathways your child can take and what kind of support the school can provide.
Source: LA DOE