transition services

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what are transition services?

In 2009, several not-for-profit human service organizations came together, combining their expertise in serving children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and other special needs. The Building Bridges to the Future Initiative was created to help meet the needs of students in special education, as well as their families, as they face the challenges of successfully transitioning from school to adulthood. 


The Transition Outreach Specialist will:

  • Serve as the primary contact for your family or work with Home-Based Services staff.
  • Attend IEP meetings by request, as part of the student’s interdisciplinary team.
  • Work with the special education department to ensure a smooth transition as part of the IEP.
  • Serve as liaison between families, special education staff, and adult service providers.
  • Provide in-service training and coaching for parents, guardians, students, and professionals.
  • Advocate for and assist in establishing eligibility for community services.
  • Facilitate participation in adult transition experiences as available through Clearbrook.

Learn More

If you would like more information about Clearbrook’s Transition Outreach Services, please contact:

Michelle Schwartz
Transition Outreach Specialist

Included but not limited to:

  • District 214 Hersey High School; Forestview Academy
  • District 203 Naperville Connections
  • NSSEO Kirk and Miner Schools Palatine/Arlington Heights
  • Park School Evanston
  • Prairie Ridge STRIVE Crystal Lake
  • Huntley LIGHT Program Algonquin
  • Richmond-Burton High School
  • Woodstock High School

A manual has been produced (free of charge) to assist families and professionals in transitioning students with intellectual/developmental disabilities to the world of adult services, available through this link:

Building Bridges to the Future Transition Manual

Building Bridges to the Future Transition Manual – ESPAÑOL

Transition Timeline and Resources

Transition Timeline and Resources - ESPANOL

The Transition Outreach Specialist serves students (ages 14-25 years old) and families primarily in north/northwest suburban areas, including Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties.

Types of Assistance offered

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