“To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you are going so that you better understand where you are now so that the steps you take are always in the right direction” -Stephen Covey

"The foundation for transition should be laid during the elementary and middle school years, guided by the broad concept of career development. Transition planning should begin no later than age 14, and students should be encouraged, to the full extent of their capabilities, to assume a maximum amount of responsibility for such planning.”

(Halpern, 1994)


Early planning provides a support system for students to realize an independent adult life after high school. Connecting students with a support agency can be complicated and there are long wait lists which at times can be between 10-15 years before the service from government and/or community agencies begin. Applying for support services as early as elementary will give your child the opportunity to receive services when they are in their last year of high school. It is never too early nor too late to start transition planning for the now and life after graduation.


The HISD Special Education Department has created the Transition information for parents of special needs students. This site will help guide and answer questions you may have about transition, transition planning, agencies, services, and resources. Take a moment and familiarize yourself with the various web links attached to this site.


For questions regarding Transition services, resources, and agencies please contact the Special Education Department at your child’s school, their case manager, or the HISD Transition Designee, Clarke Wells at (830) 426-3341 or email him at


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