SVSS Services

Secondary Transition

Secondary Transition

Transition, as described by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, is about planning for life! It includes planning for academic and non-academic courses and learning experiences, employment and related training opportunities, community living, and leisure activities. A goal of transition is to help youth understand their disability and choices to determine their future. One way transition does this is by connecting youth to teachers and other caring adults, support services, and experiences that build skills and help them reach their goals. Transition is based on family values, priorities, and culture, and is focused on an individual youth's interests, preferences, and needs.

"Transition services" is a term used in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that defines a coordinated set of activities that may address, among others, the assessment, planning process, and educational and community experiences for youth with disabilities as they turn 14. The intent of transition is to create opportunities for youth with disabilities that result in positive adult outcomes. For youth, this may involve:
* engaging in the general education curriculum;
* building self-awareness, self-identity, self-esteem, and self-determination skills;
* utilizing the community for supports;
* socializing and developing long-term relationships;
* participating in activities both at school and in the community; and
* engaging in leadership and involvement in the transition planning process. (NCSET)


Below are several local and national links with additional secondary transition planning information.

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) Special Education Secondary Transition

Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators

Launch My Life - North Dakota
A transition tool to help youth. Launch My Life ND gives you the knowledge, tools, resources, and connections to help you achieve your goals.

If you cannot fully access the information on any web page of this site, please let us know the accessibility issue you are having by contacting, Alison Dollar at (701) 857-4410 or by e-mail at

We will try to provide the information to you in an alternate format and/or make the necessary improvements to make the information accessible. If you would like to file a formal grievance under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, you may contact our Section 504 coordinator, Alison Dollar, Director at 1370 20th Ave SW., Minot ND, (701) 857-4410 or by e-mail at

The Souris Valley Special Services Unit is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment in all employment and educational programs, activities, and facilities. The Unit prohibits discrimination and harassment based on a student, parent/guardian, employee and/or applicant's race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, or other status protected by law, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.

The Unit's nondiscrimination policy (pdf)

For inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, or to file a complaint of discrimination or harassment, please contact:
Dr. Alison Dollar
Title IX, 504, and nondiscrimination Coordinator
1370 20th Ave SW
Minot, ND. 58701

Inquiries and complaints under Title IX may also be referred to the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR):
Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
Telephone: (312) 730-1560


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