ERIC Number: ED336878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Building Interagency Teams To Support Transition of Students with Severe Disabilities.
Springfield, H. Lynn
This paper identifies those factors and processes critical to promoting interagency collaboration between school and community agencies represented on the Individual Transition Teams (ITT) of students with severe disabilities. The ITT's goal is to assist the student in obtaining the most satisfactory transition possible into meaningful work and living environments upon completion of the high school program. Teams may be composed of: schools; vocational rehabilitation, medical, social security, and developmental disabilities services; mental health/mental retardation agencies; parent organizations; private vendors; and community volunteers. The characteristics of an effective team, identified by C. E. Larson and F. M. J. LaFasto (1989), are applied to the local school transition committee and include: a clear, elevating goal; a result-driven structure; competent members; unified commitment; a collaborative climate; standards of excellence; external support and recognition; and principled leadership. Other team-building components are also discussed, including team organization and responsibilities, operationalizing the team, roles of team members, team planning, and common problems. The paper concludes that the challenge is to synchronize education and human service systems into a unified network that can free persons with severe disabilities to participate in a social system which bases one's value on his or her contribution to society. (32 references) (JDD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Coordination, Community Organizations, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Goal Orientation, Group Dynamics, High Schools, Interdisciplinary Approach, Private Agencies, Public Agencies, School Community Relationship, Severe Disabilities, Teamwork, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Individualized Transition Teams
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Retardation (Washington, DC, May 19-23, 1991).