ERIC Number: ED427452
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec-10
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Life after High School: Transitional Issues for Learning Disabled Students.
Williams, Tracy M.
This paper synthesizes literature which relates to the successful transition of students with learning disabilities upon leaving high school. The first section defines transition and analyzes the components of transition as outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The second section reviews issues related to students with learning disabilities when transitioning from high school to post-secondary education institutions, and how to properly prepare these individuals. Transition from high school to work is addressed in the third section. This section illustrates the need for vocational education as a part of the transition process in the employment domain. The final section reviews best practices to ensure successful transition to post-secondary activities. It emphasizes the need for student-centered activities, participation of students and parents in the transition planning process, self-determination, the development of self-advocacy skills, life skills training, coordination of transition services, and community transition teams. Suggestions are provided for parents of students with learning disabilities who are in the transition planning process, including knowing the school's approach to transitional planning, keeping accurate and up-to-date records of the students, knowing personal and legal rights, reinforcing students' preparation for transition, and keeping the line of communication open with other members and agencies of the transition planning team. (Contains 24 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act