ERIC Number: ED407795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Serving Youth with Disabilities within School-to-Work Systems. Resource Bulletin.
National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
This bulletin discusses transition programs for youth with disabilities. It outlines features of effective transition programs that have proved to be successful including longitudinal planning, emphasis on careers (not labels), work-based learning, connection to community resources, and sustained involvement of employers. A set of strategies is presented that have been employed by practitioners developing school-to-work transition services for youth with disabilities, which help to ensure that all students are served under the School-to-Work Opportunities Act and that the culmination of every student's education is a job in a chosen career. Strategies include establishing partnerships with schools, clearly defining roles and responsibilities, fostering communication between all partners, using transition specialists to assist partners with program development, promoting student self-determination, focusing on long-term outcomes, setting high standards, and developing social and interpersonal skills of youth with disabilities. A model program, the Youth Transition Program in Oregon, is then described. The bulletin concludes with a list of selected organizations and other resources for information on transition for youth with disabilities. (CR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Career Planning, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Educational Strategies, Interpersonal Competence, Program Design, Program Development, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Secondary Education, Self Determination, Transitional Programs
National School-to-Work Learning & Information Center, 400 Virginia Ave., SW, Rm. 210, Washington, DC 20024; telephone: 800-251-7236; fax: 202-401-6211.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994