Secondary Transition

Learn about Secondary Transition

For Massachusetts students receiving special education services, Secondary Transition is a time that begins when they turn 14 (or earlier, if the Individual Education Program (IEP) team agrees). From age 14 until they graduate or turn 22, students on IEPs receive transition services from their public school districts. Transition services are defined by federal law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA) as a "coordinated set of activities…designed to be within a results oriented process,…to facilitate the student's movement from school to post-school activities." Transition services are based on the individual student's needs, taking into account his/her strengths, preferences, and interests. These services help young adults to live, work, participate in the community, and go on to further education or training as independently as possible when they leave high school.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has issued technical advisories for parents and school districts on transition planning:

Printable guide

This brochure is intended to help families and individuals better understand the types of resources that exist in the Commonwealth and which may be available to an individual with ASD.

Technical assistance advisory

Quick links

Contact for Secondary Transition


1000 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

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