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One of the "backbones" of Special Education is the Individual Education Plan (or Program), aka the "IEP". In that plan, specially designed instruction (SDI: instruction that is unique to that child so they learn a skill, concept, etc.) needs to be evident. One thing that happens so often, especially from about middle school on is that the meetings in which these plans are designed do not include the child nor do they address where the child is heading after they LEAVE high school. The idea of teaching transition knowledge and skill is often left to the END of the meeting (and often when there are only a few minutes left). Transition and creating a vision for the future should be the topic that BEGINS the meeting. Not only that, the student's VOICE needs to be heard by including the student in the discussion and planning.
As the Oregon Diploma raises the academic bar making academic skill and performance more and more rigorous, focusing on building bridges between high school and life after high school becomes all the more important. Especially for those students who may be unable to, regardless of supports provided, earn their Oregon Diploma.
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