This paper reports the results of Tucson, Arizona’s Community Outreach Program for the Deaf Transition Project for Hearing-Impaired Youth. The project is fully funded through the Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services project, and has as its primary goals:

  1. To develop a predictable referral system: school to adult services
  2. To develop specialized transition methods for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
  3. To develop techniques to train in life management and employment related skills.
  4. To create system change

This paper will propose a model for transitional planning and recommend system changes which could facilitate such planning and service delivery.