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ERIC Number: ED420477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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School-to-Work Transition: Developing Collaborative Partnerships for the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities at the State, County and Local Level.
Ely-Pagan, Lucy; Haugh, Bob; Grover, John; Lauria, Nancy; McKenna, Kerry
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates transition services to prepare students with disabilities to live and work in the community as adults; the School-to-Work (STW) Opportunities Act requires that all students, including those with disabilities, have access to all STW activities. This paper overviews collaborative efforts in New York and New Jersey to meet these two legislative mandates. In New York, state agencies work closely together on all initiatives. Transition coordination sites established to assist school districts with IDEA requirements now provide technical assistance to local STW partnerships to ensure inclusion of students with disabilities in STW activities. The New Jersey Partnership for Transition from School to Adult Life project aims to establish a statewide coordinated system of programs and services that facilitate the transition of students with disabilities to adult life. Activities are outlined for each of the project's five objectives: reviewing and revising state policies related to transition in the areas of STW initiative, workforce development, education, and vocational rehabilitation; supporting county-based consortia to coordinate and expand transition services; developing self-determination training and related activities for parents, students, and professionals; increasing parent and family access to transition information; and providing training, technical assistance, and information to stakeholders to increase knowledge of best practices. Training materials and publications are listed. Contact information is included for agency and STW personnel in New York and New Jersey. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey; New York