Ages 14-17

Transition Planning into Adulthood

Transition services are based on the individual student’s needs, taking into account his/her strengths, preferences, and interests. These services help young adults to live, work, participate in the community, and go on to further education or training as independently as possible when they leave high school.

Massachusetts “Turning 14” Law
Beginning age 14 or sooner if determined appropriate by an individualized education program team, school age children with disabilities shall be entitled to transition services and measurable postsecondary goals, as provided under the federal Individual Disabilities with Education Act, 20 USC sec. 1400, et sec.

Federal “Turning 22” Law
Transition services are defined by federal law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA) as a “coordinated set of activities…designed to be within a results oriented process,…to facilitate the student’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Massachusetts Resources:
MA Transition Planning Tool –  Exceptional Lives

Educational Advocacy:

How to get Special Education Services Tool – Exceptional Lives

State Agencies:
Executive Office of Human & Health Services (EOHHS)

Health Insurance Tool – Exceptional Lives

Massachusetts Health Connector

Additional Resources:

Family TIES of Massachusetts

Family TIES of Massachusetts provides information and referral services, emotional support, and training to parents of children and youth with special needs. Driven and staffed by parents of children with special needs, we offer a unique type of emotional and practical support to families with similar life experiences.

A Service of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services to find free resources and services to support your family and loved one.

Employment Tool – Exceptional Lives

Connect with us:

To schedule a one hour, consult please fill out the Intake Form below:

The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport Family Support Center Referral

For additional support contact Andrea Morris, Director of Family Supports, at or at 978-373-0552 ext. 211.

Para apoyo bilingüe contacte a Rowan DeAza at or 978-373-0552 ext. 216.

Current Hours:
Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm, appointments preferred.
Extended hours are offered by appointment only.

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