Transition Planning

Transition Planning

A Transition Plan will be a part of the student's IEP before he/she turns 16 years old. The Transition Plan is reviewed/revised by the IEP Team on an annual basis until the student either graduates or ages out from the Kern High School District.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines transition services as a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that are:

  1. 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 post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation;
  2. based on a child’s needs, taking into account the child strengths, preferences, and interests.

And includes:

  1. Instruction
  2. Related Services
  3. Community Experiences
  4. Employment and other post-secondary adult living objectives; and
  5. If appropriate acquisition of Independent living skills and provision of functional vocational evaluation.

(34. C.F.R. 300.43 (a)(1).) & (34 C.F.R. 300.43(a)(2).)

Transition Websites

Professional Development for Parents/Guardians, Community Members and Educators

The Parents Helping Parents website supports, educates, and inspires families and the community to build bright futures for youth and adults with special needs. Parents Helping Parents provide Professional Development in a variety of topics. 


Connections California: Transition to Adulthood for People with Disabilities (

Kern Regional Center (KRC) & Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Bakersfield 
Kern Regional Center:
Department of Rehabilitation:
  DOR Team Contact Information 
Student Service Counselors 
Ismael De Leon Jr. [email protected] (661) 388-8577
Denver Latham [email protected] (661) 670-9477
Cynthia Herrera [email protected] (661) 678-5831
Summer Ashby [email protected] (661) 395-2549
Work Incentive Planner
Joelle Hooks [email protected] (661) 395-2534
Below are the documents to begin services with the Department of Rehabilitation.
  • DOR Student Services: School Fact Sheet –This form gives an overview of the requirement and services available through DOR Student Services. 
  • Student Services Plan Request (DR 203)- This is the application to begin services.
  • Consent to Release Form (DR 260)- This document allows DOR to have an open communication with staff from the Kern High School District.                                            
Local College Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS)


Taft College



BC DSPS Fact Sheet & Student Information Handbook

Taft College Disabled Student Programs and Services PowerPoint
CSUB Services for Students with Disabilities PowerPoint
Transition Resources