1983-1988: Focus on Transition

Three different pieces of federal legislation supported more attention to the transition from school to work. In 1983, Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments (P.L. 98-199) established and funded services to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities moving from school to the community and/or work settings. In 1984, the Carl Perkins Vocational Technical Education Act (P.L. 98-524) mandated the development of a full range of quality vocational services and vocational education programs for students with disabilities and expanded existing programs with a 10% "set aside" to support programs for individuals with disabilities. The 1986 amendments to the Rehabilitation Act specified that states must plan for individuals making the transition from school to work.

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Photo courtesy Ann Marsden