One of the new transition requirements that has been in effect since the 2018-2019 school year is related to decision-making skills and self-determination. Let's take a closer look at that requirement below.
Not later than when a child reaches age 14, the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee must consider and, if appropriate, address:
- The use and availability of appropriate:
- Supplementary aids, services, curricula, and other opportunities to assist the child in developing decision-making skills; and
- Supports and services to foster the child's independence and self-determination, including a supported decision-making agreement
As you prepare to address these components, consider the following questions:
- Where and when do you currently teach decision-making skills?
- At what age or grade level do you begin to address decision-making skills within the TEKS?
- What supplemental resources do you have available to teach skills for decision-making and self-determination?
Where can I find more resources to support these requirements? The
I'm Determined website
is a great place to find resources to teach decision-making and self-determination from elementary to secondary instruction.