Secondary Transition


The Secondary Transition Project

The Secondary Transition Project helps students, families and educators prepare for the significant challenges of secondary transition by providing training, technical assistance and resources on:

  • Secondary Transition Process
  • Student-directed IEPs
  • Self-determination and Self-advocacy
  • Getting a Head Start with Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Person-centered Planning
  • Student Stress Management
  • Communication and Conflict Resolution

Secondary Transition Training is available across the state, as requested. To request training either contact one of the staff listed below or complete and return the form located HERE. We also present at the Tennessee Transition Summit and at the Tennessee Disability MegaConference. Secondary Transition Online training is available HERE.

Student-directed IEP Project

The Arc Tennessee’s Student-directed IEP Project can help school systems improve post-high school outcomes in employment, post-secondary education and independent living for students who participate. During the more intensive version of the training, students, families and educators learn together about people-first language, the history of disability, basic rights/responsibilities, second transition process, using assistive technology in transition planning and Student-directed IEP Team Meetings. Research shows us that Student-directed IEPs improve active student participation as IEP Team members providing students with much needed opportunities to practice Self-advocacy and Self-determination skills they will need throughout life. After the group trainings, we provide small group and/or individualized training for students to help them understand their IEP and prepare them to lead their own IEP meetings to the best of their ability. All students could benefit from Student-directed IEP training and technical assistance. The training we provide can be altered to meet the needs of students, parents, educators, and your local community.

Training, technical assistance and resources are available to school systems interested in teaching their students to lead their own IEP Meetings.

Documents We Have Created with Other Agencies and Organizations:

Other Materials:


Person Centered Planning Tools:

The following education documents may also be informative:

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Opportunity for Input

Vanderbilt Study, Transitioning to Adulthood with Autism - Leaving high school is a time of great change for all youth, but especially for youth with ASD. This research study will examine the changes that happen for youth with ASD during this time as well as the factors associated with a positive transition. The study looks at stress response, behaviors, services, and the family enviornment. To apply to participate in the study click HERE.

Secondary Transition Workshops and Presentations

  • Region: West Tennessee
  • What: Special Education Info Session
  • Do you have a child who receives Special Education services in public school? This workshop will provide you with info on how to effectively advocate for your child.
  • Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
  • Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Obion County Public Library, 1221 East Reelfoot Avenue, Union City
  • Presenter: Treva Maitland
  • For more information, contact Michelle Barnett Hayes or call 731-335-4656
  • Region: Middle Tennessee
  • What: Secondary Transition Project Overview
  • Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
  • Time: 8:30 am
  • Location: 580 South Jefferson, Suite B, Cookeville
  • Presenter: Loria Richardson

The Secondary Transition Project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee, Department of Education.

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This entity is a recipient of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds. If you have knowledge of any activity which you consider to be illegal, improper, or wasteful, please call the State Comptrollers toll-free hotline: 1-800-232-5454.

For additional information, please contact: