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Kaitlin McCcann 3/3/2011 Abstract This article focuses on the importance of transitional skills and needs at a younger age, starting in middle school. Although IDEA removed the requirement to initiate transitional services from age 14 to 16, this study reports the importance of starting as young as possible, specifically keeping the age to 14. It included both a survey along with a series of open-ended questions from special education teachers who were responsible for instructing eighth and ninth graders to get further insight on the topic at hand. Three main focuses were kept throughout the questions and interview including; student participation at Individualized Education Plan(IEP) meetings, strength considered in the IEP planning and construction process, and transition service needs focusing on a course of study. After talking to these teachers, much knowledgeable information was gained regarding what exactly is needed for a strong transition. Some of these included a strong
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