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Secondary Transition


The Secondary Transition Office supports our students with disabilities as they prepare for life in the adult world by connecting them with various tools and resources to explore higher and technical education, employment, independent living, and meaningful community participation.

What is Transition?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that the purpose of the legislation is “to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further employment and independent living.” The law stresses the need for educators, parents, and community agencies to work together to support the student as he or she works toward postsecondary goals and outcomes. Transition services must be provided to assist the student in the attainment of skills necessary to reach his or her postsecondary goals.

IDEA 2004 defines transition services as a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that are:

  • designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of an individual with a disability to facilitate their movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education; vocational education; integrated employment; continuing and adult education; adult services; independent living or community participation;
  • based on the individual's needs, taking into account their strengths, preferences, and interests; and;
  • designed to include instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives and when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.
  • PGCPS Transitioning Youth Fair

Contact Information

Doralie Polamos
Assistant Supervisor

Jessie B. Mason Special Center
2720 Iverson Street
Temple Hills, MD 20748

Office: 301-702-8910