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Transition Skills Guidelines

Author: Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

The Transition Skills Guidelines identifies key knowledge and skills that deaf and hard of hearing students need to transition successfully from kindergarten through Grade 12 and beyond.

The Transition Skills Guidelines focuses on five areas:

  • advocacy and empowerment,
  • education and career planning,
  • work habits, skills, and attitudes
  • independent living, and
  • community roles, responsibilities, and resources.


These areas are critical for post-secondary planning, career preparation, and independent living. In addition, students need preparation in the areas of communication, thinking skills, and emotional intelligence.

The Transition Skills Guidelines is organized into five standards (which define the area of focus). The Transition Skills Guidelines is organized vertically by grade and horizontally by topic strand. Topic strands describe the development of skills across grade levels.

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