Planning for the transition to adulthood in Virginia starts ears before eligibility for services through the school district ends. In Virginia the age to begin transition planning is 14 though the federal mandate requires transition plans to be in place in the year the student turns 16. he state does not mandate a uniform IEP form, but transition is conceptualized at the state level as a Transition IEP aligning with the federal mandates including post-secondary goals, data from age-appropriate transition assessments, and, by age 16, linkages to other agencies that can support the student in transition. Be full participants in the planning process when transition planning occurs, students are expected to attend IEP meetings and, to the extent appropriate.  A transfer of rights takes place when the student reaches the "Age of Majority," which is 18. Parents are notified one full year in advance of this transferal of rights and are provided with information regarding power of attorney or guardianship options. The VA Department of Education has developed excellent guidance documents to help families navigate the terrain when a child with a disability reaches the age of majority. Virginia has invested Virginia has invested in students' ability to be self-determined and to acquire self-advocacy skills in preparation for adulthood in addition to this.

Transition to adult in Virginia

Transition services usually fall under the purview of the local school district and should be discussed at the Transition IEP meeting. However, n identifying community agencies and the different intake processes required for accessing services from the community agencies, families and students should be proactive. Community agencies may have different timelines and eligibility criteria for accessing services as ach jurisdiction funds programs at different levels. It is appropriate for families to begin transition planning while a child is still young. There are many online tools to help students plan for careers, such as Virginia View. There is a vast public college and university system that is working to provide opportunities for a diverse student body that includes students with disabilities in Virginia. Numerous types of community-based Medicaid waivers have been instituted, but with strict eligibility criteria, very few slots are available. Minimal public funding is available to support independent community living, and families must plan accordingly. State disability employment policy funding streams favor segregated community-based rehabilitation facilities vs. integrated competitive employment placements for individuals with high support needs. Plan accordingly for your child's future. The state remains in the lower quartile of states in service delivery to adults with significant disabilities, though there is a strong advocacy effort in Virginia. PEATC helps parents become effective advocates for their own children with special needs by educating families about what the federal and state education policies say, how their children's disability impacts learning, and what strategies other parents have used to successfully access services and supports, founded in 1978 by a parent and an educator. PEATC is operating three parent information centers at the time of this submission. PIRC) focuses on family engagement, targeting low-income, multiculturally and linguistically diverse families whose children attend low-performing schools in all districts across the Commonwealth.