What is EdHCT?

What is Education Transition?

Transition refers to a change in status from behaving primarily as a student to assuming emergent adult roles. These roles include employment, participating in postsecondary education, maintaining a home, becoming appropriately involved in the community, and experiencing satisfactory personal and social relationships.

Transition planning should begin no later than age 14 (legally age 16 according to IDEA) to assume maximum amount of responsibility for the planning. The transition planning should be done during one of the annual IEP meetings with the entire IEP team there to work together to begin the transition process with the family and student.

What is Health Care Transition?

This transition process refers to preparing the patient to become more responsible for his or her own health care. This is a gradual process that should be started in early teen age years and several years before the transfer of care.

Youth with special health care needs receive the services necessary to make transitions to all aspects of adult life, including adult health care, work, and independence. However, we should note that health care transition is not mandated by legislation.

What is Education Health Care Transition (EdHCT)?

Education and Health Care transition are two distinct but parallel processes that impact a common population, have complementary and common goals but are separated by laws, policies, rules, regulations, professional perspectives and organizational missions.

Beyond the traditional transition educational skills in moving from secondary school to postsecondary or work settings, students with special health care needs (SHCN) need to learn how to manage their health in work and postsecondary school settings, navigate the adult health care system, and to self-advocate for their health needs.

As more educational systems are assisting students with SHCN, educators and medical personnel must collaborate. This requires that each understand the values and goals of the other, as well as having working knowledge of the legal issues and professional language.

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1. Resource Guide for Student Living with Chronic Health Conditions This website is a wonderful resource for students with chronic health conditions who are planning on going to college. The site covers different chronic illnesses, financial options, legal rights, accommodations and a number of other useful issues which will help guide the student who is just getting started in planning for college.

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Got Transition is a nationally recognized website that is dedicated to improving health care transition. The site has resources for youth, families, providers and states. Each part of the website has information on the current research and information about health care transition.

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FloridaHATS is a collaborative group that is comprised of many different partners throughout the state of Florida. Their mission is to ensure transition for children from pediatric to adult health care. Their website has policies, tools, health insurance information, calendar of events, and many other resources that can be helpful to families and children going through the transition process.

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NSTTAC provides technical assistance (TA) and disseminates information to State Education Agencies, Local Education Authorities, schools, and other stakeholders to (a) implement and scale up evidence-based practices leading to improved academic and functional achievement for students with disabilities, preparing them for college or other postsecondary education and training and the workforce; (b) implement policies, procedures, and practices to facilitate and increase participation of students with disabilities in programs and initiatives designed to ensure college- and career-readiness; and (c) achieve 100% compliance with IDEA, Part B Indicator 13 (I-13)

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