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Teens on IEPs: Making My “Transition” Services Work for Me

Tip Sheet - Revised 2015 - English and Spanish Versions

By: Jennifer Whitney and Lisa Smith


An IEP is an individualized education plan written in public school for children ages 3 to 21 that by law, describes the special education services and goals for a student with an identified disability. Special ed services involve different techniques that help the student in a way that typical instruction cannot. Transition services are plans within the IEP that address specific needs in relation to life after high school.

Originally published as: Transitions RTC Tip Sheet 4, 2011.

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Subject Area

Education and Training, Transition Age Youth (TAY)


IEP, Individualized Education Plan, Spanish

Repository Citation

Whitney, J., & Smith, L. M. (2015). Teens on IEPs: Making My “Transition” Services Work for Me [English and Spanish versions]. Psychiatry Information in Brief.