Transition Age 14

  • Secondary transition refers to the process a student with a disability goes through as they move from high school to whatever comes next, including postsecondary education, employment and independent living. In Florida this begins at age 14 or earlier and may not end until 22 for students with significant disabilities.

    The term “transition services” or “transition planning” means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that:

    • Is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment); continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation
    • Is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interests
    • Includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation

Collier County Programs for Transition Age Students

  • Project Search   Words

    What is Project SEARCH?

    Project SEARCH is a one-year internship program for students with disabilities between the ages of 18-21. It is targeted to students whose goal is competitive

    employment. The program takes place at NCH Baker Downtown Hospital, where students will participate in three unpaid internships to explore a variety of career paths. 


    Students begin and end each day with classroom instruction on the NCH campus. The following topics will be covered throughout the program: Team Building, Workplace Safety, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, Technology, Self-Advocacy, Preparing for Employment, and Maintaining Employment.

    Life Program           


    What is LIFE?

    The L.I.F.E Program is an internship program for students with disabilities between the ages of 18-21. The program provides authentic structured work-study opportunities in a community-based setting based on students’ interests and strengths.  The program takes place through a partnership with Royal Poincianna Golf Club.


    Students begin and end each day with classroom instruction on the Barron Collier High School campus. The following topics will be covered throughout the program: Team Building, Banking Skills, Workplace Safety, Self-Advocacy, Preparing for Employment, Confidence Building, Work-related Vocabulary, Responsibility, and Maintaining Employment.

Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Significant Disabilities

  • The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA; 2008) defines inclusive postsecondary education programs as those where students with intellectual disabilities take college courses and work in internships and employment, both with their typical peers. The initiative calls for the establishment of meaningful credentials for students with intellectual disabilities; credentials that speak to employers of capability, skills, and self-initiative. Finally, the initiative focuses on gainful employment outcomes; postsecondary education must result in paid employment (FCIHE, 2016).

    This is a list of Florida’s inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) programs serving students between the ages of 18 and 43, according to a recent survey (FCIHE, 2016). Programs listed here meet the definition of inclusive postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities, as defined in the TPSID initiative of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA, 2008). 

     new  Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Inclusion Postsecondary Education Programs (IPSE) Comparison Chart


Parent Involvement

  • Become Involved :
    If you are a parent, community member or a business we would appreciate your support. Please click on the web-links below if you are interested in participating in Sharing the Commitment, Partners in Transition inter-agency collaborative organizations or have a business and would like to provide internship opportunities for students with disabilities.

    Sharing the Commitment: A collaborative advisory to the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department in the Collier County Public Schools (CCPS).

    Partners in Transition: A sub-committee of Sharing the Commitment that focuses on transition services for students with disabilities ages 14-22. 
    Meeting Dates: 2016-17 School Year: Sept. 21Nov. 16, March 22, and May 24
    Time: 1:00PM-2:30PM    Location: MLK Administrative Building
    Perspective Employer Brochure


  • Guardianship:

    Lighting the Way to Guardianship: The primary purpose of this manual is to increase the knowledge of individuals with disabilities and their families about the various ways under Florida law to provide decision-making assistance, including guardian advocacy and guardianship. How to access the legal system, when necessary, is also addressed in the manual. A companion manual for attorneys and other qualified legal professionals was also created and is available to assist the legal community.

    The following list of attorneys who handle guardianship matters neither represents sponsorship by the Collier County School District (“the District”) nor the recommendation of a particular attorney or his or her firm by the District.  The choice to draw from the list and engage a particular attorney or firm is the individual’s decision to make and the District is neither responsible nor liable for any such decision.

    Maureen Aughton 2390 Tamiami Trail N #202, Naples, FL
    Basil Bain  1100 5th Ave S Ste 201, Naples FL
    Magen Kellam 5147 Castello Drive, Naples FL
    Jennifer Nackley 1395 Panther Ln Ste 300,Naples, FL 34109239 659-5042
    William Pearson 5551 Ridgewood Dr #501, Naples FL
    Douglas Rankin  2335 Tamiami Trl N Ste 308, Naples FL 34103239-262-0061