Feb 25, 2012 0 Share

Maine Roadmap


Map of Maine with red push pin near Augusta.
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STOP 1

At Age 16

  • Read our article on Transition.
  • Read our articles on Finances, Public and Private.
  • Visit the Maine Department of Education website. Find out what the requirements for graduation with a regular diploma are. There are no mandatory exit exams in Maine.
  • Meet with your child’s IEP team to discuss the Transition Plan. Visit the Wrightslaw website to get a better understanding of your child’s rights at Transition.
  • Ask the school’s Transition Services Coordinator or your chlid’s IEP team leader to contact the Maine Bureau of Rehabilitative Services, Vocational Rehabilitation division and request that a representative attend the next IEP meeting. Alternatively, contact them yourself to make the request. The VR Consumer Handbook provides a downloadable guide for high school students and their parents.
  • Contact the Maine Developmental Services to find out what supports may be available for your child, at what age your child may apply for services, and how long the waiting list is for those services.
  • Visit the website of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) if you wish to hire someone to help you advocate with your school system.

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way