A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities (Revised August 2020) U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services


To aid in a seamless transition from school to post-school activities, this transition guide addresses the following topics:

  • Transition planning: opportunities and programs;
  • Transition services and requirements, as authorized by IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act;
  • Education and employment options for students and youth with disabilities after leaving secondary school; and
  • Supporting the decisions made by students and youth with disabilities.

As students and youth with disabilities prepare to transition to adult life, we must do everything we can to provide them with the information, services, and supports they need to ensure that they have the opportunity to achieve their goals.


All Disabilities Employment High School Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Middle School Parent/Family Postsecondary Education Professional Resources Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) Transition