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Students who find a community based transition program most meaningful:

  • intend to live an independent, self-determined life,
  • have participated in successful work based learning experiences during high school,
  • currently work or plan to work in their community,
  • are eligible to work, or are willing to pursue eligibility,
  • currently use, or will use adult forms of transportation to travel in their community,
  • do not display unsafe behaviors,
  • are active participants in their transition planning,
  • do not require continuous one to one intervention or assistance and,
  • have their long term support team participate in all transition planning.

About Us

Transition Services (ACCESS / BIP / CTAP / Deaf & HH) serves students 18-22 years old who have completed the high school portion of their programs, yet continue to have transition needs in the areas of employment, post secondary education/training, independent living and community connections.

Transition planning is provided to all students in New Mexico starting at 14 years of age or earlier as needed. Once a student has met all of his/her high school graduation requirements, an IEP team will determine if a program of study has been completed. Students who have not completed their program of study will receive a certificate of transition and are eligible to continue receiving special education services until the end of the academic year in which the student becomes twenty-two years of age

Students who have met all high school graduation requirements on a career readiness or ability pathway, but have not completed their program of study, may have a transition IEP. The IEP committee will determine the most appropriate setting to complete a program of study based on each student's unique and varied transition needs.

Community-based learning helps students develop skills that allow them to become as independent as possible. Community-based instruction teaches functional skills in the community where target skills would naturally occur.

Predictors of post-school success include, in part, the following:

  • Community-based instruction.
  • Successful work experience.
  • Community experience.
  • Career awareness.
  • Self advocacy/Self determination.
  • Self care/Independent living skills.
  • Strong social skills.
  • Family involvement with high expectations.
  • Support from self-family-friend network.
  • Interagency collaboration.