Federal and state legislation require schools and community agencies to address the transition from school to adult life.
According to IDEA Re-authorization 2004 ~
The term "transition services" means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that:
- is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child's movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment); continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation;
- is based on the individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests; and
- includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.
[34 CFR 300.43 (a)] [20 U.S.C 1401(34)]
A Transition program is a secondary special education program that prepares students with disabilities, 18-21 years old, with documented needs in at least two of the three Transition areas: Post-Secondary Education & Training, Employment, and Independent Living for adult life. The goal of a Transition program is to prepare students with special needs to achieve maximum independence. A continuum of services and supports are provided, ranging from minimal to intensive supports and supervision.
TASSEL-Teaching All Student Skills for Employment & Life
The TASSEL Transition program is designed for students with disabilities requiring an IEP, 18-21 years old, who have significant needs in at least two of the three transition areas: post-secondary education & training, employment, and independent living skills. Students qualify for transition support through the IEP planning process during high school. Placement in TASSEL is determined on an individual basis and by the student's specific transition needs. Transportation is provided to programming and work sites during the school day.
The goal of a Transition program is to prepare students to achieve independence. A continuum of services, supervision, and supports are provided ranging from minimal to intensive. Transition is a post-high school choice program; participation is not legally required. Services end no later than June of the year a student turns 21.
Students in TASSEL focus their coursework on their individual transition needs. We serve students directly at Hennepin Technical College South Campus in Eden Prairie as well as at the TASSEL Education Center located at 8040 Mitchell Road. Students have individualized programs based on their IEP goals which may include career preparation work through Pathways or courses at a pre-college or college level offered at Hennepin Tech. Classes in independent living are provided at TASSEL Education Center. Support is provided for coursework and employment. Below is an example of courses offered over the years:
Independent Living Skills
- Budgeting and money management
- Leases, credit cards, contracts
- Apartment living
- Leisure activities, recreation options
- Volunteer and paid work experience
- Resume and reference development
- Workplace support & work skills training
Post-secondary Education & Training
- Exploration of career interest options
- Training through Pathways or college-level courses at Hennepin Technical College as students qualify for placement
- Support for classes and career planning
- Self awareness & Self-advocacy