Secondary Transition

Quality Transition Planning Matters

Assist youth with disabilities as they prepare to transition from school to adult living

Secondary transition planning is the process of preparing students for life after high school and includes planning for postsecondary education or training, employment and independent living. This page is a collection of resources and tools to help students, parents/guardians and educators plan for transition using the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process to meet both federal and state requirements. Increasing the number of students with disabilities entering into competitive integrated employment enrolling in an integrated postsecondary education setting are identified as goals in Minnesota's Olmstead Plan. For more information, visit Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)’s Olmstead Plan website.

Related links on this page include Minnesota Rule language regarding secondary transition evaluation, planning and services; Minnesota Statutes language regarding Community Transition Interagency Committees; resources for transitioning students and those who help them; information about how income from work may impact benefits to help users get timely information, make informed choices and help ensure work is part of the plan; and the effect work will have on your government benefits, uncovering new choices and opportunities for you to be more in charge of your life.

Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Services for High School Students

Following are links for families, educators and a person with a disability:

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) Student Career Services

VRS Student Career Services help students discover their strength and interests; career and postsecondary education possibilities; how to gain work skills and experiences; and what they’ll need to make their plan happen.


DB101 helps people learn how income might affect benefits so they can make informed choices, reduce fears and ensure work is part of the plan. This website gives tools, information and training on health coverage, benefits and employment; it also offers an online chat feature to a Disability Hub MN expert.

Employment First

Employment First provides access to Minnesota’s Employment First Policy as well as tools and resources surrounding supporting people with disabilities in finding and succeeding in competitive, integrated employment. The site also has a “Resources” tab that provides links to many other employment resources.


E1MN is a partnership between MDE, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Department of Human Services (DHS) to advance Employment First outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities. The state agency partnership evolved from Minnesota's Employment First policy adopted by the Olmstead sub-cabinet in 2014. E1MN-Youth is focused on improving employment outcomes for transition-age youth (14 to 21). To get announcements related to supporting transition services, pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) and competitive integrated employment (CIE) outcomes for youth with disabilities, sign up for the E1MN-Youth Professionals mail list.

Community Services Based Manual (CBSM)

The CBSM is maintained by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. This site links to all relevant employment services related guidance for Minnesota’s Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid waiver programs.

Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC)

CtLC person centered tools are flexible and can be used by anyone, for anything. Use them yourself or find someone who can help you explore, problem-solve, make decisions, or plan for the future. You can use the tools to capture what is important to you, plan for a life transition, set a vision, or think about how to solve any problem in your life – big or small, right now or in the future. The tools can help you to have meaningful conversations with the people in your life.

Minnesota Work Incentives Connection

See the effect work will have on your government benefits, uncovering new choices and opportunities for you to be more in charge of your life.

Reintegration Framework and Systems Planning Toolkit

The Reintegration Framework and Systems Planning Toolkit outlines a continuous quality improvement process developed from research and data-based practices for transition planning for children and youth. The tool was initially developed for children and youth in residential care and treatment education programs to provide a structured process for reintegration to and from nontraditional education programs. The tool has been broadened in its use to include other nontraditional education programs and may also be of help in addressing secondary transition for youth with disabilities. The Framework is a program planning tool that consists of performance indicators in five critical areas: interagency collaboration, team planning, education, supporting life skills and continuity during and post transition.

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