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Transition Planning

What is Transition Planning and Why is it Important

For students with disabilities to successfully leave high school prepared for college, career, and community, early planning is critical. In Maryland, transition planning and the delivery of transition services begins during the IEP year in which the student turns 14 years old.


Learn more about eligibility for disability benefits

The Maryland State Department of Education’s Secondary Transition Planning Guide for Individuals with Disabilities provides information about the transition process.   The Maryland State Department of Education’s Secondary Transition Planning Guide

Life After High School- A Guide to Staying on Track

Life for a person with a disability changes after high school. Often, families and the person with the disability can miss out on the support needed to help them transition from childhood to adulthood once they graduate from school. Find the answers to commonly asked questions and learn more about potential day-time service providers and/or alternative living arrangements.  Life After High School Guide

Learn the Steps to Access Transitioning Youth Services

Transitioning from high school to adult life is an exciting time for young adults and their families as they consider options for the future. Learn the steps to take to access services.

- Nicole Sheppard, MS
Transitioning Youth Coordinator, Developmental Disabilities Admin, MDH
- Rick Callahan, E
xecutive Director,
Compass, Inc.


DDA Overview [View]
Dec. 12, 2023


Benefits Awareness [View]
Jan. 11, 2024


- Melonee Clark, Division Director of Family, Education & Community Engagement, Arc of Prince Ge
orge’s County

Katherine Lopez, Bilingual Prog. Admin.

Lakwona Simmons, Outreach & Res. Prog. Coord.

DORS Overview
Jan. 23, 2024

- Michael Lumpkins, Rehabilitation Counselor, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
- Andre Coates, Executive Director, Maryland Community Connection



Jennifer Faria,

Supervisory Team Leader,

Resource Connections

Role of the CCS [View]
Feb. 8, 2024



Self-Directed Services

Self-Directed Services give waiver participants and their families greater control over the services they receive, how they receive them, and who provides them. The services are flexible and can be customized to meet the changing needs of the participant. Are self-directed services right for you? Learn more

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