The 1992 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (P.L. 101-476) included transition services and assistive technology services as special education services. The 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Amendments (P.L. 105-17) mandated transition services for children beginning at age 14 (instead of age 16).
There has been consistent and repeated attention to transition services over the decades since the President's Committee on Mental Retardation in the early 1960s.