Education Law Center’s Advocacy Guide Series 

Education Law Center has released a revised, updated and expanded guide crucial to the rights of students with disabilities: “Transition Planning:  A Guide for Advocates.” 

The release is part of ELC’s series of “Know Your Rights” guides published to provide comprehensive information and tools for advocates to use in efforts to enforce the legal rights to education of public school students.

The updated Transition Planning Guide contains essential information for parents, caregivers and advocates working to secure a free, appropriate public education for students with disabilities that prepares them for productive and independent adult lives. The guide addresses the critical planning and services that must occur to help students with disabilities move successfully from school to the adult world, as required by federal law.

The updated guide sets forth the basics about transition planning, provides practical examples, and includes several appendices of valuable resources. The guide also incorporates information about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act amendment to federal law, enacted after the first edition of the guide was published in 2011.

“ELC is grateful for attorney Cindy Fine’s impressive efforts in building on the work of our former Skadden Fellow, Jenna Statfeld, on this useful guide” said ELC Senior Attorney Elizabeth Athos. “We can’t overstate the importance of good transition planning for students with disabilities and believe this guide will be invaluable to those enforcing transition rights.”

In addition to Transition Planning, ELC’s Advocacy Guide Series includes: The Right to Special Education, Understanding Public School Residency Requirements, Student Discipline Rights and Procedures, Education Rights of Homeless Students, and Education Rights of Children in Foster Care. ELC is currently at work, with attorney Matthew Stoloff, on a guide to address school bullying cases.

The Transition Planning Guide and other publications in ELC’s Advocacy Guide Series can be accessed on the ELC website, or a printed copy may be obtained by contacting Diane Gayoso at dgayoso@edlawcenter.org or 973-624-1815, ext. 10.

The IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey provides support for ELC’s Advocacy Guide Series.


Press Contact:

Sharon Krengel
Policy and Outreach Director
973-624-1815, x 24

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Press Contact:
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