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ERIC Number: EJ819606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Transition Planning, Special Education Law, and Its Impact on Your Child
Schmitz, Terry
Exceptional Parent, v38 n10 p37-39 Oct 2008
In December of 2004, the reauthorization of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) was signed into law and went into effect on July 1, 2005, making dramatic changes in the area of transition from school to post-secondary life. The President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education created recommendations that influenced the new law, especially in the area of transition services. The commission noted that the unemployment rate for working-age adults with disabilities is approximately 70 percent, while it is only 22 percent for non-disabled adults. The Commission determined the need to revise IDEA's transition provisions in order to provide a better understanding of what is needed to assist children with special needs to succeed in life and the workplace. As a result, substantial changes were implemented in the new IDEA legislation in this area. This article reports some of these changes. The author also enumerates the seven steps to using age-appropriate transition assessments that will create measurable post-secondary goals for children with special needs. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act