Beyond High School

The following include suggestions for effective transitional planning beyond secondary school:

Parents and youth are encouraged to access their assigned Case Coordinator to assist them with understanding the different supports that may be available to them to assist with a seamless transition plan.

Updated assessments may be necessary to ensure continuation of services in the post-secondary setting and/or workplace environment including accessing adult services. It is imperative that the process of obtaining necessary documentation for appropriate accommodations, letters of diagnosis and supports required for support beyond high school be completed prior to transitioning. Community partners have agreed that updated assessments would be considered one of their priorities as per transitional planning purposes. In order for the youth or young adult with special needs to access these assessments in a timely fashion it is important that a referral be made as soon as possible to reflect waiting lists that exist. A Case Coordinator may assist parents/ caregivers with this plan. Please refer to the referral, assessment and case coordination sections of the youth’s disability for further information.

It is important to discuss with medical specialists and professionals to assist with the transitional planning from pediatric services to adult specialized medical services for ongoing lifetime health planning.

Please access employment services section for transition to the workplace.

Below are suggestions to follow should the youth/young adult with special needs be transitioned to post-secondary education:

This process should be initiated preferably more than one year before entry to post-secondary school as extensive planning may be required.

As soon as the student is aware of their choice of study:

The student is encouraged to browse websites, visit and contact colleges and universities and the schools’ special needs/resource department in order to see what services they may be able to offer. This will help them to determine which school is best suited to meet their needs.

Updated assessments may need to be completed. Please access referral section of the child’s disability for more information. Refer to the Case Coordination section of the child’s disability to assist with this plan.

A case conference with service providers and the student/parent is encouraged to discuss available options and to develop a transition plan that will support the young person towards a successful entry into post-secondary education.

Student to follow application process.

At the time of acceptance:

A further case conference is scheduled with all current and potential service providers/educators to review and implement the plan of action and ensure the supports and services are in place for the student’s transition. A further effort will be made to contact other service providers from other areas of the province that may assist with supporting an effective and successful plan for the individual.


Many service providers may no longer be mandated to support the individual, yet the community partners have agreed to attend an additional case conference, if required, to review the action plan for a successful transition.