Open Door Series

Wendi Dawson
Director of Student Services
Education Service Center
(920) 324-9341 ext. 2188

Megan Wienke
Student Services Administrative Assistant
Education Service Center
(920) 324-9341 ext.2100


Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities - Transition is helping students with disabilities and their families think about their life after high school and identify long-range goals designing the high school experience to ensure that students gain the skills and connections they need to achieve these goals the provision of funds and services to local school districts to assist in the transition process. This transitional process will include many facets of planning for the future and should be fully understood by everyone concerned each step of the way. Planning for the future is an investment in a child's well-being! “Indicator 13” is a federal mandate requiring youth age 16 and older to have an IEP with a postsecondary transition plan. In Wisconsin, transition requirements begin no later than in the first individualized education program (IEP) that will be in effect when the child is 14 and updated annually thereafter. The transition requirements are found in Wisconsin Statute 115.787(2)(g)1.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is legislation (under the United States Department of Labor) which is “designed to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.

Career Pathways Website – Interactive website assisting students/parents in connecting interests with career choices.

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has developed a web-based Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP) that will assist school districts to document the post high school transition requirements while meeting individual student needs. In Wisconsin, state law requires transition planning to begin for your child at age 14.

Postsecondary Transition Planning Website – Guide to assist parents/student/teachers in the development of the Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP).

Transition Action Guide For Post-School Planning - The Technical Assistance Guide (TAG) was developed to assist in the improvement of communication, coordination, and services for students with disabilities transitioning from school to work. It was designed to be useful for all persons and agencies (stakeholders) involved in the transition process. This document will vary depending upon the stakeholder’s needs at the time of use.

Transition Health Care Checklist: Preparing for Life as an Adult - A resource to help youth and young adults with special health care needs and disabilities make a successful transition to adult living that includes their education, health and community living