Making the transition from a school-based to an adult Special Olympics Texas team.

About Transition

Through the school’s transition planning process in the Individual Education Program (IEP) for high school-aged students, the school program goes beyond academics to include preparation for adult living.  The IEP can include specific activities or steps to ensure the youth will be linked to an adult team without interruption in their sports training and competition.  This process normally begins in middle school or when the student turns age 12, the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD).  

It is very important that as a parent/guardian that both you and your child participate in transition planning, as it addresses the desires, goals and vision of the student's life once they leave public education in how they would like to live, work and socialize.  Special Olympics will be part of the students social life along with their Health and continued Community engagement. 

Making the Transition

Transitioning to adulthood does not have to be a difficult experience. By developing a step-by-step plan to reach a post-school goal, every athlete can be successful.

Join an existing adult team.

Contact your SOTX area office for a list of adult teams in your area.

Create a new adult team.

Best idea: form an alumni team for athletes that will be high school graduates. Contact your area office for more information about creating a new adult team.

Get involved with non-competitive programs.

Be active and healthy by participating in non-competitive programs: Athletes in Training, Just Get Up and Move, DADs Texercise or Individual Skills. Contact your area office to find out how to get involved.

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Transition Planning brochure

La Planificación de Transición brochure