Transition Resource Corner

  • Welcome to the Parent and Student Resource Corner 

    Transition planning is a process that focuses centrally on the students' strengths, preferences, interests, needs and a secure quality adult life. By having a plan, it brings together the parent, student, school, and support services directly involved in helping the student and families) prepare to enter adult life and the "real world". 

    Transition from public education and the safety of the "Classroom" into adult life is a life changing event and can be a challenge for all involved. The process of "transition" can be difficult for students with disabilities and requires focused exceptional planning that enables each student to achieve their maximum possible independence in securing employment within the workforce, ability to live independently, and participation in community activities with family and friends as adults. 

    A quality transition plan is designed to provide a set of coordinated activities, skills, and services, while creating a plan of where help is needed and what experiences are going to be value to the student. Having a good plan while keeping the end in mind helps make for a smooth transition from the "Classroom" to "Adult Life", with as little disruptions as possible (Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. November 16, 2015 Transition Planning). 

    Early planning provides a support system for students to realize an independent adult life after high school. Connecting students with a support agency can be complicated, with long wait lists between 12-15 years before the services from government and/or community agencies begin. Applying for support services as early as elementary will give your child the opportunity to receive services when they are in their last year of high school. It is never too early nor too late to start transition planning for the now and life after graduation. The Harlandale Independent School District Special Education Department has created the

    Transition Resource Corner for young adults and parents with special needs children. This site will help guide and answer questions you may have about transition, transition planning, agencies, services, and resources. Take a moment and familiarize yourself with the various web links attached to this site. 

    For questions regarding Transition services, resources and agencies, please contact the Special Education Department at your child's school, their case manager, or HISD Transition Facilitator Gerald Gawlik at (210) 989-4458 or email him at 

    "Transition refers to a change in status from behaving primarily as a student to assuming emergent adult roles in the community. These roles include employment, participating in post-secondary education, maintaining a home, becoming appropriately involved in the community, and experiencing satisfactory personal and social relationships. The process of enhancing transition involves the participation and coordination of school programs, adult agency services and natural supports in the community. The foundation for transition should be laid during the elementary and middle school yearsguided by the broad concept of career development. Transition planning should begin no later than age 14, and students should be encouragedto the full extent of their capabilities, to assume maximum amount of responsibility for such planning.(Halpern1994)