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ERIC Number: ED392173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Transition Planning for the 21st Century: A Call to Action.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. National Center for Youth with Disabilities.
This monograph was developed as a product of two Minnesota state conferences (held on June 2, 1994 and on May 19, 1995) on transition issues facing adolescents with chronic illness and disabilities. Participants included health professionals, educators, parents, policymakers, human service providers, and young adults. Introductory remarks by Robert Wm. Blum and Colleen Wieck address issues and challenges facing adolescents with chronic illness and disability and issues and challenges facing professionals, respectively. Comments of a panel of adolescents on personal experiences with transition issues and services are summarized, as are comments of a parent, an educator, a physician, and a vocational counselor. A 1994 post-school follow-up survey of 388 young adults with disabilities in Minnesota and a national survey of about 300 transition programs are summarized. Descriptions of three exemplary programs in Minnesota are provided. Six guiding principles for improving transition services and programs are identified. Programs need to be built on youth's abilities and competencies and need to be family-centered, culturally sensitive, community-based, coordinated, and accountable. Eight recommendations focus on the need to: develop transition services and programs that foster autonomy; decrease barriers in access and utilization of services; coordinate and streamline funding and services; and improve the Individual Education Plan planning process. (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Chronic Illness, Delivery Systems, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Educational Principles, Followup Studies, Individualized Education Programs, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Secondary Education, Special Needs Students, Transitional Programs, Young Adults
NCYD, University of Minnesota, Box 721, 420 Delaware St., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (available in alternative formats).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. National Center for Youth with Disabilities.