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Transition Talks

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Transition Talks are a series of one-page information sheets that secondary transition professionals can share with families and colleagues to provide information and resources on Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) in secondary transition.

These EBPs have been identified through research to promote positive post-school outcomes for all students with disabilities. EBPs have been proven to positively impact transition procedures, practices and services that will improve postsecondary employment, education and community living outcomes.

EBPs can be used in a variety of settings, including classrooms, work sites and community environments. When implemented with fidelity, EBPs are empirically linked to improved student outcomes. EBPs are also important tools in professional learning to improve the development of student IEP goals and transition services that will result in quality transition plans for students with disabilities.

Each Transition Talk gives a description of an EBP, a spotlight on where the practice is being used locally, questions to consider, and resource links. We encourage you to use these Transition Talks in your local school systems.

Accommodations in Postsecondary Settings

Cultural Responsiveness

Developing Workplace Stamina

Employment Soft Skills

Evidence-Based Practices

Family Engagement

Family Preparation: Building the Knowledge Base for Parents of Students with Disabilities

Health Care and Transition

The IEP Secondary Transition Planning Process

Inclusive Higher Education Transition Programs

Inclusive Transportation

Interagency Collaboration

Preparing Students for Competitive Integrated Employment

Postsecondary Education for Students with IDD

Recreation and Leisure

Safety Instruction

Secondary Transition Councils


Specially Designed Instruction

Student Directed IEP Meetings

Transition Assessment

Transition First

Transition to Post-Secondary Education

Using the Maryland Transition Digital Portfolio to Facilitate Student Participation in IEP Meetings

Virtual Career Exploration

Virtual Job Shadowing Experiences

Work-Based Learning

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