Transition Services is a “High School to the Community” transition programme to support Ongoing and Renewable Resource Scheme (ORRS) funded students (high and very high) in their last year of school, with the aim being the “uninterrupted movement of students into post-school education, employment and/or other community services and activities and to ensure that there is a co-ordinated plan implemented to assist the student with achieving their transition goals”.
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) contract binds Transition Services to a one year only programme. Funding is individualised to the person receiving the service.
Criteria for students applying for the MSD funded Transition Programme:
- Students must have current High or Very High Needs ORRS funding
- Students must be in their last year of school
- Students must be under 21 years of age
Hōhepa Auckland’s Transition Service and the Role of our Transition Coordinator
The provision of transition services is the Transition Coordinator’s sole focus responsibility. The Transition Coordinator is to assist students with the major decisions that they make when moving from school into the wider community, whether this is into paid or voluntary work, further education or community participation.
Transition planning involves setting goals and developing skills and experiences that may lead to a purposeful and productive life after leaving school. The transition experience is unique for each student, as goals are individual.
Transition planning is a team process. The team includes the student at the centre, their family and whānau, friends, transition staff, school staff, therapy and medical staff, adult service providers and other community support staff (as appropriate). They all work together to develop an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) that meets the student’s needs, goals and aspirations. The ITP is a “working document” that develops over time.
The ITP process is driven by the student/whanau and the student is actively engaged in determining/implementing their future goals. The process identifies and overcomes barriers to the disabled student’s learning and support, and the students/whānau are offered information and support that opens the door to a wider range of inclusive community-based options.
If you would like more information regarding our Transition Services, please contact the Transition Coordinator.