Policy brief

Promoting Successful Transitions for Students with Disabilities

Transitions PACE Policy Brief
Lauren Lindstrom
University of California, Davis
Carolynne Beno
Yolo County Office of Education


One of the key purposes of public education is to prepare young people to reach their full potential as independent adults and engaged citizens. This transition to adulthood may be especially challenging for youth with disabilities. Students enrolled in special education often need additional supports and coordinated planning to prepare for employment, postsecondary education, and community living. Previous research has documented effective practices—such as family involvement, inclusion in general education, work-based learning, and interagency collaboration—that can help support the transition to adulthood. School districts must work in collaboration with families, employers, and other community agencies to implement these effective practices and facilitate successful transitions for youth with disabilities.

Suggested citationLindstrom, L., & Beno, C. (2020, February). Promoting successful transitions for students with disabilities [Policy brief]. Policy Analysis for California Education. https://edpolicyinca.org/publications/promoting-successful-transitions-students-disabilities