18+ Programs in Texas
Texas' 18+ services (usually known as Adult Transition Services or ATS) are designed to be specialized, age-appropriate instructional services for young adult students ages 18 to 21 years that are being served by special education.
Even though IDEA does not require schools to provide a transition program to students 18 and 21, Texas law (TAC 89.035 (a)) and federal law (CFR 300.101) require that special education services must be available for eligible students 18-21 (or 22, depending on which month your birthday is in).
These services must be provided in age-appropriate settings. This means that you may receive services:
- At a high school campus
- In the school district
- In the community
Your 18+ services must go along with your transition plan and will provide related services, accommodations, technology, or community-based supports. These services include the areas of post-secondary education and training, integrated employment, and independent living.
For more information visit Navigate Life Texas or Region 4.