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SCTN Educator Resources
The resources below were created by the Student-Centered Transitions Network (SCTN) to assist educators with implementing quality transition services for students with disabilities.

Next Steps to Independence: Skills and Strategies

The Next Steps checklist provides a framework to develop skills for independence in adulthood for individuals with disabilities. This tool highlights critical developmental milestones. These milestones are organized by age: birth-age 3, age 3-5, elementary school, middle school, high school, and age 18-22.


Educators might use this tool to identify critical skills to address, adaptations to consider, or as an informal transition assessment for self-determination skills. See the Teaching and Learning Strategies and Important Action Steps for Families with each age group. These sections include activities and suggestions for teaching these critical skills and connecting with community partners.