Transition, Vision, & Related Services
Transition services, which are based on each student's needs, interests and preferences, help students make the transition from school to post-school activities, including college education, vocational training, employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living and community participation.
Transition services defined in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) means a coordinated set of activities for a special education student that:
- Is designed within an outcome-oriented process that promotes movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.
- Is based on the individual student's needs, taking into account the student's preferences and interests; and includes;
- Specially designed instruction;
- Related services;
- Community experiences;
- The development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives; and
- Acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation, if appropriate.
Students who qualify as visually impaired (as determined by a doctor's report) are eligible to receive large print and recorded books, adaptive materials (e.g. dark lined paper, large print, and talking calculators, reading stands, magnifiers, binoculars, etc.), and in some cases direct instruction from a Teacher of the Visually Impaired.
Services provided by a Teacher of the Visually Impaired include, but are not limited to, the teaching of Braille reading and writing, instruction for using low vision aids, keyboarding, activities for increasing visual functioning, and other skills related specifically to vision loss. The Teacher of the Visually Impaired works with teachers and other staff members to help ensure that the necessary and appropriate accommodations are being made for the visually impaired student.
Vision Therapy is not a service offered by school districts. This is a field which requires a different kind of training than that received by a Teacher of the Visually Impaired.
Related services are supportive services that allow a student to benefit from special education. Related services may include:
- Classified staff services
- Medical services
- Parent counseling and training
- Psychological services
- Recreation and rehabilitation counseling services
- School health services
- Social work service in schools
Other developmental, corrective, preventative or supportive services are allowed if they are required to assist the special education student to benefit from special education. Any necessary related services, supplementary aids and services, and program modifications or supports for school personnel that will be provided for the student must be listed on the IEP.