TIEP Meetings & Tips for Helping Youth Prepare For Transition

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IDEA requires that a TIEP meeting be designed as a result-oriented process, that focuses on improving academic and functional achievement to facilitate the student’s movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation.

Before the Meeting

  • Get a copy of your IEP and go over it with your caregivers, teachers or other trusted adults until you understand it.
  • Get a copy of any evaluations or reports that will be discussed at the meeting.
  • Ask questions about the parts you don’t understand.
  • Think about what you want to do. Write out your ideas ahead of time, and practice what you want to tell your team about your goals.
  • Do your homework by learning what classes or training you need to achieve your goals.
  • Invite someone you trust to attend the meeting to encourage and support you. It could be a relative, friend, guardian ad litem, or attorney.
  • Be sure you get enough sleep the night before and eat a good breakfast the day of your transition IEP meeting.