1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Special Education Transition Services

Transition Services

Quick Links:

The Transition Book Click Here
Diploma Options Guide:  English Click Here Spanish  Click Here
The Age of Majority:  On Being 18 Click Here

Securing a future for your child with disability Click Here

Entering the World of Work  Click Here

What are Transition Services?

 Transition services consist of coordinated activities for a student with a disability that are:

  • focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student to facilitate their movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation;
  • based on the individual student’s needs, taking into account their strengths, preferences, and interests; and
  • includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

 (IDEA Regulations Secondary Transition. (2007, February 2). Retrieved from http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cdynamic%2CTopicalBrief%2C17%2C 

When do Transition Services Begin?  

 A student’s IEP must include postsecondary goals and transition services before they enter secondary school, but no later than the first IEP to be in effect when they reach age 14 (or younger, if the IEP team decides that it is appropriate).

Arlington Public Schools Transition Coordinators 

Transition Coordinators work with each high school, high school program, and middle school to assist students as they move through the schools and into adult life.  Areas in which Coordinators can provide or make connections to supports include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • self-determination/-advocacy development
  • postsecondary education and career planning
  • vocational evaluation and training
  • explanation of diploma options
  • independent living support and community participation
  • procedures for requesting  accommodations in postsecondary education and employment settings
  • resume building and interview skill development
  • adult service agency referrals

Joyce C. Kelly, Transition Coordinator

TBD, Transition Assistant





Dr. Thomas Sweet, Transition Coordinator

Lucita Poliquit, Transition Assistant 





Karen Sherman, Transition Coordinator

Lucita Poliquit, Transition Assistant 





Lee Lisa, Transition Coordinator

Stratford Program


Brian Stapleton,

Special Education and Transition Coordinator

Arlington Career Center and Arlington Mill


Linda Saiidifar, Transition Coordinator

Christopher Williams, Transition Assistant

Alternative Programs and Job Development




Vickie Barr, Special Education Coordinator

Parent Resource Center



Arlington Public Schools Transition Resources

The Career Assessment Program for Students with Disabilities - is a highly individualized set of interest inventories, standardized tests, and exploration activities designed to build a comprehensive picture of a student's interests, aptitudes, employability behaviors, and career-decision making skills.

School-Based Transition Assessments –are both formal and informal activities, offered at each high school, conducted to assist students with transition planning in the areas of postsecondary education/training, employment, and/or independent living.

Functional Life Skills Programs - for students with disabilities, in each middle and high school, provide various skill development activities to increase career/technical integration, social competence, community integration, personal growth, health/fitness, domestic living, and functional academic skills.

Stratford Program - provides a supportive environment for students with significant disabilities requiring a functional skills, community based educational program. Services are provided primarily in a self-contained special education setting with opportunities for interactions with students at the H.B. Woodlawn Program. In addition to functional academics, the Stratford Program also provides a range of various employment preparedness training options in an effort to meet the needs of the whole child. Students' programs are developed around goals to achieve maximum social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth and acquiring the related skills necessary to function in the community as independently as possible. For more information click here or call 703-228-6440.

Program for Employment Preparedness (PEP) - is a transition program, located at the Arlington Career Center and launched in school year 2014-15, that expands upon former APS programs known as Supported Work and Training (SWAT) and Experience Based Career Education (EBCE). This program incorporates Virginia's Standards for Workplace Readiness, is multi-tiered, and creates a dynamic and targeted approach to meeting the transitional needs of students. PEP provides students with experiences and learning opportunities based on current business trends and needs so that students may gain relevant skills for obtaining employment in today’s market, including the requisite social skills necessary to secure and maintain long-term, meaningful employment. The program is designed for students to receive internship/apprenticeship experiences and may lead to trade certifications, licenses, college credit, networking connections, and/or employment directly upon graduation.

Interagency Collaboration

Arlington Transition Coordinators collaborate with other community agencies in the provision of transition services. Some of these include:

  • Arlington County Department of Human Services
               - Aging and Disability Service Division
               - Mental Health Programs and Services
               - Employment Center        
  • Arlington County Therapeutic Recreation Office
  • Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
  • Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, Project PERT (Post-Secondary Education/Rehabilitation and Transition)
  •  Northern Virginia Community College
              - NVCC High School Outreach       
               - Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program
               - GPS for Success Program
  • The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc.
  • Northern Virginia Transition Coalition  
Last Modified on September 24, 2015