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ERIC Number: ED525330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 178
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-7009-2
Transition into Adulthood and the Disabled Youth
Martin, Violet Y.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Wilmington University (Delaware)
Transitioning in to adult-hood as a special needs youth can be a challenging experience for both disabled youth and their families. IDEA 2004 legislation mandates all special needs individuals receive skill development in the areas of self-determination, self-advocacy, employment, adult service agency access and independent living. School districts throughout the United States continue to develop a unique approach in an attempt to meet these requirements. This research assesses the knowledge of Transition Planning among the special needs students and their families enrolled in Gloucester County Special Services School District (GCSSSD) and the Delsea Regional Public Schools, both located in Gloucester County, New Jersey. This mixed methods triangulation convergence model utilized both quantitative and qualitative results to answer the research questions. Its participants consisted of 198 special needs students and their families from both school districts. The results revealed GCSSSD students and their families are unaware of the laws pertaining to Transition Planning, Community resources, and the steps necessary to ensure a successful transition beyond high school graduation. Results from the Delsea Regional participants were inconclusive, due to a low participation rate. The recommendation for GCSSSD is to institute multiple strategies to educate the students and families enrolled in the school district about Transition Planning it's laws and the services available to them beyond high school graduation. Meanwhile Delsea Regional School District should conduct the study independently. The results from their study can be utilized in the development of a new approach to improving service delivery in the area of Transition to the special needs students and their families within their school district. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act