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What is the Individualized Transition Plan for people with autism?

Chantal Sicile-Kira
Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities
The Individualized Transition Plan, or ITP, is your teenager’s business plan for the future. Second only to the early intervention years, the transition years in high school are the most important years in your child’s educational life. Skills your teen needs to learn to survive and thrive as an adult, in adult settings, should be the focus of this time in school. The ITP, mandated through federal special education law, is the roadmap for your teen’s future. Once your child graduates or ages out of high school, mandated services are few. Programs have waiting lists that extend into years. Spend time thinking about what your child wants to be doing when high school ends, and five and 10 years from now. Talk to him about his hopes and desires as much as possible. Then plan will help figure out how he will meet his goals and what skills will be needed.

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