Laws and Policies To Assist Transition Processes For Special Needs Individuals

by admin on June 30, 2012

Your young adult is protected by certain laws and policies that will help during the
transition process and throughout their life. During your child’s school years, the protections
offered by IDEA and the IEP, which documented the accommodations and goals, were
automatically provided. The IDEA protections, however, end when your young adult
turns 21.

Other laws take their place; but, as these are not entitlement laws, it will
now be up to you and your child to seek out their protections.

Laws and Policies:

Three laws overlap to benefit and safeguard you and your child with ASD as you
begin the transition process:

  1. IDEA, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, and
  2. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • These laws help you and your young adult to access the most appropriate services to prepare for the transition to post-high school life.

      3. The Federal “No Child Left Behind (NCLB)” Act of 2001

  • This law also addresses the educational needs of individuals with ASD; however, in the area of transition planning and support, the impact of NCLB remains to be determined and therefore is not discussed here.

For more information on IDEA, Section 504, or ADA, please see the following
resources:
 www.wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.summ.rights.htm
 www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr
 www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/qa-disability.html
 www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html
 www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/edlite-FAPE504.html

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