Commission For Transitioning Students With Disabilities

The Howard County Commission for Transitioning Students with Disabilities was established by statute in September 2016 to advise the county government in establishing an effective, efficient, and comprehensive delivery of services that will most successfully meet the transition needs of Howard County students with disabilities as they transition from high school to postsecondary education, employment, and adult life.  

The Commission envisions a community that values each student’s abilities and provides diverse college, career, and community opportunities that lead to individual success. The Commission promotes opportunities for students and young adults with disabilities to exercise self-determination, and to be independent, productive, integrated, and included members of the community.

The Commission will:

  • Advocate for policy on behalf of students with developmental, intellectual, and/or physical disabilities;
  • Examine current practices and make recommendations on ways to improve postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities;
  • Make recommendations that would facilitate successful customized employment and postsecondary education for students exiting the Howard County Public School System;
  • Foster greater collaboration between the business, academic, non-profit, and public sectors to engage in successful initiatives designed to immerse students with disabilities in a work environment and provide important job skills.


The Commission is chaired jointly by a representative of the Department of Special Education, Howard County Public School System, and a family member of a student with a disability. It is comprised of educators, transition specialists, and leaders of the local school system; county government and state government employees; representatives from the Developmental Disabilities Administration, the Division of Rehabilitative Services, and several adult service provider agencies; business members; parents or family members; and individuals with disabilities. 

Ex-Officio Members

 program head, transition services 
 instructional facilitator, secondary education 
 coordinator, career and technology education 
 executive director, special education and student services 
 parent coordinator, Family Support and Resource Center 
 coordinator, school counseling services