TRANSITION IOWA is a website for youth with disABILITIES, families and professionals serving them.  

The resources found here support high expectations and successful outcomes for ALL students.

Planning for transition to adulthood is a process, not an event. It requires families and IEP teams to consider all aspects of adult life when transition planning. In Iowa transition planning begins at age 14 and considers the areas of Living, Learning and Working. The information below is organized using the same categories to help families become more familiar with terms used by IEP teams. Though transition planning is an ongoing task for families, it is one worth the time and efforts!


This section will help families understand the importance of setting HIGH EXPECTATIONS. Information and tools that can be used to link those expectations to action plans for more positive outcomes will be provided.

LIVING locations and support options that maximize independence and social opportunities is another piece of transition planning teams should discuss.

Recreation is a part of adult life that often overlooked by planning teams but is important to a positive transition and high quality life for youth with disabilities

Read more about having HIGH EXPECTATIONS when planning for all aspects of adult LIVING.


Learning does not stop at graduation. This is true for us ALL including youth with disAbilities. This is another important part of transition planning youth and their families should consider.

Read about what POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION is, the benefits and the options


WORK is another important part of life as an adult.  This is an exciting time for employment options for people with disabilities, including students!  Work may look different for everyone but it is always important.  

Click here to read about the importance of WORK, options and laws supporting employment for people with disabilities.