The Arc's School-to-Community Transition Initiative

What is transition?

Individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families are left withmany questions as high school comes to an end.

  • What’s next? 
  • What tools will I/we need to be successful in transitioning in to postsecondary education or employment?
  • As an individual with am I/DD, how can I make sure my wants and needs are voiced?

Transitioning from high school to post-secondary education or employment can be full of excitement, hope, and anticipation as well as challenges as individuals with I/DD deal with learning new skills, facing fears, and overcoming bias. Transition can seem like a frightening and overwhelming process but the possibilities are endless when individuals and their families are provided with the necessary support and tools.

What is the School-to-Community Transition Initiative?

Beginning in July 2009, over 50 Chapters in The Arc’s network of local and state chapters have participated in this initiative to further enhance their work with youth with I/DD, ages 12-23, that receive special education services and are preparing to transition from school to adult life. Outcomes for these programs include development of comprehensive transition plans while students are still in high school and connecting transitioning individuals with employment and post-secondary education opportunities. Projects include elements of inter-agency collaboration, a focus on enhancing community connections, and self-determination to help them successfully meet these objectives. 

Why is transition important?

People with I/DD and their families represent millions of potential employees, community members, taxpayers, and customers. When they successfully transition to employment or further education and lead self-determined lives fully integrated into their communities, we all benefit

Find out more

Read about some of the success stories from the project.

Questions? Contact Jonathan Lucus at

In addition to The Arc's work with The Arc's School-to-Community Transition Initiative, we are involved in several additional initiatives which may be of interest to you.

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Resources from The Arc » Resources by Issue » Transition Issues
The Special Needs Alliance
Friday, May 30, 2014 2:38:29 PM

Expressing Yourself: Assessing Self Determination in Your Life
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 11:22:18 AM

Gateways to Self Determination
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 11:20:58 AM

Self Determination Strategies
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 11:18:53 AM

Self-Determination and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: What Does The Research Tell Us?
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 10:31:00 AM

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 10:28:40 AM

ACT (Advocating Change Together)
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 10:26:39 AM

KASA (Kids As Self Advocates) Resources
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 10:23:48 AM

Reap What You Sow Curriculum and Trainings
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 10:20:12 AM

Leaders with Developmental Disabilities in the
Self-Advocacy Movement
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 10:18:37 AM