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Begin with the End in Mind
Our goal in GPISD is student achievement. Transition services, which is a process of preparing students for post-secondary life, align with that goal. We begin the process of planning for post-secondary life as early as elementary school teaching basic independent skills; however, transition is specifically addressed in the student's IEP in 8th grade or at 14 years of age, whichever comes first. The Special Education department in GPISD offers a continuum of services that are outlined in a student’s IEP and aligned with their needs and interests. Some of these services include, but are not limited to:
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Community Based Vocational Instruction (CBVI) / Community Based Instruction (CBI)
- CBI is a supplemental set of activities for students with an IEP that assist in targeting post-secondary goals that address education, vocational training, and independent living.
- CBI instruction can take place around the campus or in the community. Activities around campus should occur routinely and regularly. Activities in the community (outside of the school) should supplement classroom activities that are designed around a planned unit of instruction.
18+ Transition Programs
A student who qualifies for special education services, has met course and state-wide assessment requirements for graduation, is between the age of 18 - 21, and has been recommended by the ARD committee will be considered for 18+ Transition Services. The mission of our 18+ Transition Services is to provide opportunities for adult students who are 18 - 21 years of age with intellectual or developmental delays to engage in instructional activities to improve their vocational, self-care, and life skills. The goal for these students is to gain more independence and employability skills to prepare them for competitive, supported, or integrated employment, and independence, supported, or attended care living. Prerequisite skills: the adult student must be able to toilet independently or with minimal supports (adjusting clothing, manipulating fasteners on clothing, etc).
Direct instruction and generalization of academic and functional skills
The above-mentioned coordinated set of activities target skills related to, but are not limited to, the following to assist students with their journey beyond high school:
- College readiness
- Vocational Preparation
- Everyday Academics
- Home and Personal Living
- Recreation and Leisure
Texas Transition and Employment Guide
The Texas Education Agency in collaboration with Statewide Leadership in Secondary Transition and Post School Results at Education Service Center Region 11 are pleased to announce that the Texas Transition and Employment Guide has been posted to the website and is located at www.transitionintexas.org.
The purpose of this guide is to provide information on statewide services and programs that assist students with disabilities in the transition to life outside of the public school system.