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Secondary transition is the process of preparing students for life after they leave high school, including participation in post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living. These three areas are often referred to as "post-secondary outcomes" and are the driving force behind Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) written for students in high school.

Transition planning begins no later than age 14, in middle school or early high school, as students explore what they want their post-school outcomes to be through career awareness exploration activities. It continues through high school as instruction and community experiences support these outcomes.   

Schools are held accountable for the successful transition of their students. The Department of Health identified a gap in health services for students with special health care needs. The checklist, available in English and Spanish, was developed to assist schools in closing this gap. Department of Health, Transition to Adult Living in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Community on Transition is a group of various stakeholders from across Pennsylvania who work collaboratively to ensure appropriate transition outcomes for Pennsylvania youth and young adults.  The shared vision and common goals are achieved when all Pennsylvania youth and young adults with disabilities: successfully transition to the role of productive, participating adult citizens; are empowered to recognize their talents, strengths and voice; and have equal access to resources that will promote full participation in the communities of their choice.

RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education and Work)

Structured school-to-career transition planning and individualized wraparound process for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Developed in 1996 by staff at the Institute on Disability (IOD), RENEW is being provided by schools, community mental health centers, community-based providers, and IOD staff members to youth. The model focuses on supporting each youth to design and pursue a plan for the transition from school to adult life. RENEW has substantially increased the high school completion, employment, and post-secondary education participation rates among our most vulnerable youth. The program started in Pennsylvania around 2012.