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ERIC Number: ED315203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Alaska Consortium for Transition Services (ACTS). Rural Transition Planning for Secondary Students with Severe Disabilities: The Alaska Experience.
Porterfield, Jan
The Alaska Consortium for Transition Services (ACTS) is a federally funded project to develop and implement secondary transition planning for rural Alaska students with severe disabilities. Secondary transition is the process of change occurring as students prepare to move from high school to adult life. As rural Alaska's severely disabled children become adults and want to live more independently, program service options decrease. Especially for rural Alaskan students, effective planning would include curriculum that teaches skills relating to subsistence, communal, and cultural activities. Transition Planning (TP) helps disabled students join society as adults. ACTS works at the state, regional, and local level to establish a secondary TP model that is culturally sensitive and adaptable to the unique needs of each rural community. Effective TP should be early, individualized and systematic, and should include parent or caregiver participation. ACTS focuses on community-based service delivery and emphasizes cooperation among agencies. Each student's individual transition plan emphasizes community-based instruction and activities. Project work began in February 1988, and an ACTS Consortium was formed consisting of 66 people. Members of the Consortium work to encourage development of the secondary transition process throughout Alaska. Two schools in one rural district were chosen as project "development schools." The program was used to plan students' job training and recreation activities. The ACTS process will be revised and disseminated in other rural districts as the project progresses. (TES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska