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What is Transition Planning? 

If you are 14 or will be entering your senior year in high school this fall, you will be involved in transition planning.

Transition services and goals in your Individualized Education Program (IEP) are intended to help you get ready for what you want to do when you graduate from high school. For example, do you want to continue your education or do you want to start working?

Your IEP shows where you are going and how you are going to get there. “Individualized” means about you. Your IEP should show the goals you want to reach and the supports you need to reach them.

Paying attention to what’s in your IEP is how you can make sure that you learn the skills in high school to do what you want with your life after you graduate. 

Learn more:

10 Mistakes to Avoid During Transition Planning

First-Time Job: There is One Out There for You!

Having a job and earning your own money can provide you with a great experience (for a future career or to practice social skills).

It can also help you learn an additional set of skills that everyone needs to become independent, including responsibility and budgeting (managing your money). 

Resources to check out:
Searching for budgeting or money management apps? Take a look at this list (these apps can allow your parents to set controls or just help you along the way).
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Transportation & Adult Life 

When planning for your life as an adult, you also have to think about how you’re going to get where you want to go.  

If your parents drive you where you need to go, have you talked about putting a driving schedule together that takes your time and their time into consideration?

Will you use public transportation? Is there a bus route that could take you where you need to go? What’s stopping you from finding out? How can you find out what public transportation there is in your area?

To qualify for a regular Driver License in Texas (Class D):

  • You must be at least sixteen (16) years old
  • You must pass a vision screening test
  • You must pass a Driving Knowledge test
  • You must pass a Driving test

Applying for a Driver's License as a Teen

10 Questions with a College Student

Tips for Internet Safety

Don’t share your last name, home address, school name, age or phone number. Just because someone asks for information about you does not mean you have to tell them anything. Remember that posting information about your friends could put them at risk.

When creating your screen name or user name, do not include personal information like your last name or date of birth.

Don’t agree to meet an online friend unless you have your parents’ permission and meet them with someone you trust. Do not meet them alone. Unfortunately, sometimes people pretend to be someone they are not. Remember that not everything you read online is true.

Think before posting your photos. DO NOT send messages or post seminude or nude pictures of yourself or anyone else! Personal photos should not have identifying information such as the license plate of your car, name of your school or name of your apartment complex in the background.

Use the privacy settings of social networking sites, like Twitter or Facebook. Set it so that people can only be added as your friend or to contact you if you approve it. Set it so that people can only view your profile or information about you if you have approved them.

Make sure the online file or program you want to download is trustworthy. If you’re not sure, Google it first to make sure other people haven’t already found out that it’s a virus. Email attachments sometimes contain viruses. Never open an attachment from someone you don’t know.

Bullying: Don’t send or respond to mean or insulting messages. If something happens online that makes you feel uncomfortable or seems wrong, talk to your parents or to a teacher at school or church.

Don’t buy anything online before making sure it is from a trustworthy seller. Look it up first.

Nothing is free. Some ads try to trick you by offering free things or telling you that you have won something as a way of collecting your personal information. 


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