Children With Disabilities Education Act

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Children with disabilities are able to receive special education and related services from age 3 through their 21st birthday. These services are mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (U.S. Department of Education, 2007). School divisions are required by law to provide transition services to all children with disabilities who receive special education services in order to make the transition successful. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) receive special education services, thus they are provided with transition services in order to function successfully in adulthood (Wagner, 2006).
IDEA 2004 ensures that all children with disabilities have access to a free and appropriate education, along with special education services that prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. Once students have completed their free and appropriate education; postsecondary education, employment, and independent living usually follows. IDEA 2004 states that transition planning should help students enter vocational education, postsecondary education, community participation, adult services, independent living, integrated employment, and/or continuing and adult education. Therefore, schools are mandated to provide transition services in order to prepare students with disabilities for transition (U.S. Department of Education, 2007).
According to the 2004 revision of IDEA, transition services are, “A results-oriented process that
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