Transition Planning for Students With Disabilities Begins at Age 14

A student with a disability, age 14 to 22, is eligible for transition services as part of his/her IEP, so long as the student is enrolled in a public school.

What does this look like in North Carolina?

  • - Beginning at age 14, the student's IEP must include a transition statement that details the student's needs, preferences, interests, and course of study.
  • - The school must invite the student to his/her IEP meeting when transition goals and services are discussed.
  • - At age 16, the student's IEP must include transition goals and the transition services needed to meet those goals.
  • - At age 17, the IEP must include a transfer of rights statement. This is to make sure the student and parents understand that the rights to educational decisions transfer to the student when he/she turns 18. There are a variety of options families can explore to give parents the opportunity for continued input into their child's education.  These include supported decision-making and various forms of guardianship. 

More information can be found in the Disability Rights North Carolina Transition Planning Fact Sheet and in the infographic below.

 Transition Process