ERIC Number: ED363798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Parents and the School-to-Work Transition of Special Needs Youth. ERIC Digest.
Lankard, Bettina A.
The comprehensiveness and effectiveness of school-to-work transition activities are limited by staff and time. The unique and complicated counseling needs of students with disabilities require the involvement of other actors, primarily parents. Youth with disabilities and their parents must be knowledgeable about vocational opportunities and program requirements as well as community services and other benefits available to them by law. Federal legislation that has mandated certain policies to ensure transition assistance for students with disabilities includes the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other legislation delineates parental involvement at various points during transition. Multidisciplinary transition planning teams--whose core members include parent(s) or guardian, teacher, student, and a staff member appointed to coordinate the transition planning process--are one way of bringing parents into the mainstream of the transition process. Parents can support their children's transitions by organizing to ensure political pressure and compliance with the law, monitoring employers' hiring practices, ensuring access to public accommodations, and filing formal complaints. Collaborative consultation is effective in solving problems parents and students encounter in making school and work transitions. In this arrangement, teachers and parents are co-equals recognizing the expertise each brings to the planning. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Education, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, High Schools, Individualized Education Programs, Interdisciplinary Approach, Parent Participation, Parent Role, School Counselors, Special Needs Students, Vocational Education
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act