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ERIC Number: EJ889426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1540-7969
Seamless Transition and Long-Term Support for Individuals with Severe Intellectual Disabilities
Certo, Nicholas J.; Luecking, Richard G.; Murphy, Sara; Brown, Lou; Courey, Susan; Belanger, Denise
Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), v33 n3 p85-95 Fall 2008
The amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) in 2004 reiterate the significance of producing real postsecondary education, employment, and independent living outcomes. However, current employment data continue to show widespread unemployment and very limited access to inclusive community environments and services for adults with severe intellectual disabilities. On the contrary, data from the Transition Service Integration Model (N. J. Certo et al., 2003) demonstrate that these recalcitrant problems could be attenuated if two changes are implemented: the transition from school to adulthood components of IDEIA be strengthened to explicitly authorize school districts to subcontract with appropriate private agencies at the point of transition to produce direct-hire, individualized employment and adult living outcomes and that the federal government amend the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act to provide an entitlement to long-term support, creating a service system which parallels the functions of IDEIA after school exit. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Social Security Act