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ERIC Number: ED500612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 214
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-3980-7788-4
Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: What Educators and Service Providers Can Do
Bakken, Jeffrey P.; Obiakor, Festus E.
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, Ltd
The need for transition services for students with exceptionalities is apparent and critical for their success after high school. It is essential for school professionals, parents, and students to work collaboratively and consultively to determine each student's future goals and develop an effective plan to meet those goals successively. This book focuses on all aspects of that transition planning from school to post-school levels. The text provides the reader with a foundation of transition services and a historical overview of models and practices and offers a critical look at transition with students from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds. In addition, it presents an in-depth look at assistive technology to assist students in fully participating in the planning for their future and also describes the process for planning and the importance of family collaboration. It offers an extensive discussion of career development and the importance of work experiences and also reviews key social skills and leisure options. Finally, the text looks at independent living options and reviews available successful postsecondary education programs. The text is written in a style that all readers can comprehend and understand; the information can be easily applied to classroom and transition programs. This book will be a resource for researchers, scholars, educators, and service providers and will serve as either a required or supplementary text for undergraduate and graduate transition courses in special education. Following a foreword (Laura Owens) and preface, the book includes 12 chapters: (1) Transitioning Students with Disabilities: Preparing for Life; (2) Transition Models and Practices; (3) Transition and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners; (4) Selecting Appropriate Assistive Technology for Student Transition; (5) Planning and Developing Student-focused Individualized Transition Plans; (6) Collaborating with Families in the Transition Process; (7) Job and Career Development: Understanding the Nature and Types of Jobs; (8) Employment Training, Support, and Vocational/Technical Education; (9) Social Outcomes and Community Resources; (10) Transportation Education and Leisure/Recreation Outcomes; (11) Independent Living Outcomes, Residential Opportunities, Group Homes, and Intermediate Care; and (12) Postsecondary Education Outcomes. A list of references; name index; and subject index are included. (Contains 25 tables.)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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