ERIC Number: ED368113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Case Studies of Family and Community Experiences in Transition from School to Post-School Life for Students Receiving Special Education Services. Overview.
Smith, Ester Gottlieb
This report examines family and community experiences in transition from school to post-school life for students receiving special education services. It presents the vision of transition planning in Texas, the state of practice as reflected in a study of 27 students, and conclusions and recommendations. The transition planning vision calls for planning at the state, regional/local, and individual levels to enable all people to choose where to live, work, and play; to make informed choices and have control over their lives; to participate in their community; and to be responsive to change. The study assessed awareness of transition planning and the Individualized Transition Plan (ITP), school staff training, parental involvement, community-based educational training/work sites, program organization and resource allocation, ITP meetings and participants, transition planning outcome goals, relationships with agencies, barriers to effective planning, and value of transition planning. Recommendations call for: student, parent, and school staff training; greater involvement of students in transition planning; development of strategies to compensate for lack of parental involvement; greater attention to recreation and leisure activities; increased emphasis on development of social networks; moving from paper compliance to outcome-based planning; allocation of school funding to support transition planning and services; and need for schools to build connections with local communities and develop an array of options for community participation. (JDD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Case Studies, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Educational Planning, Educational Practices, Individualized Transition Plans, Normalization (Disabilities), Rehabilitation, Secondary Education, Special Education, Transitional Programs, Vocational Rehabilitation
Division of Publications Distribution, Texas Education Agency, 1701 North Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701-1494.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Planning Council for Development Disabilities, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Policy Planning and Evaluation.