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For young people with disabilities, crossing the bridge to adulthood will be empowering instead of intimidating--when their support teams know the essentials of effective transition planning. Now all the fundamentals of well-crafted transition plans are collected in one concise quick-guide, straight from one of the top authorities on helping young people live fulfilling adult lives. The keystone of an innovative new series of practical transition guides, this down-to-earth guidebook is a must for educators, service providers, and all others navigating the complex process of transition planning. With their clear research-based guidance, vivid examples, and ready-to-use checklists and tools (see box), Paul Wehman and a select group of expert contributors help readers
• plan transition at both individual and community levels
• develop individualized curricula
• strengthen students' academic and functional skills
• improve access to the general curriculum
• write and implement effective transition IEPs
• overcome barriers to service coordination
• engage students with more significant support needs
• make the most of community agencies and resources
• determine eligibility for vocational services and funding
• choose from vocational support service delivery models
• support students who pursue higher education
• conduct assessment and ongoing monitoring of student progress
• promote family involvement
• understand relevant law and policy To make key concepts come to life, the book gives readers realistic case studies of students with a range of disabilities, analyzing both success stories and situations in which a different approach could have led to better outcomes. And with the "fast facts" in every chapter, readers will have quick insights from current research to inform their students' transition plans. An invaluable one-stop guide to the basics of transition planning, this book is a must-own for anyone supporting young people with disabiliti
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Editorial Reviews

Director, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community; Professor, Indiana University - David Michael Mank
"Practical, outcome oriented, and comprehensive . . . Practitioners in schools and adult services, individuals with disabilities, and families will all find this book valuable."
Director, Center on Disability Studies (CDS); Professor, Disability Studies & Special Education, University of Hawaii at - Robert A. Stodden
"Reflects the many years of personal and professional experience the author has invested in seeking an improved the quality of life of persons with disabilities. This book brings a mix of research-based evidence and personal experience applicable to a wide range of persons involved in the process of secondary school to adult transition for persons with disabilities."
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMASS-Boston - Meg Grigal
"With so many new special education professionals thrust into transition related positions without preparation or training, this book will be a godsend. Its engaging style and practical resources will provide a 'one-stop shop' for transition professionals seeking to implement effective practices."
Professor of Special Education and Disability Policy, VCU, Past President of Division on Career Development and Transiti - Colleen A. Thoma
"Provides the kind of how-to advice that so many teachers want and need. While based on the best research available, it answers the critical question for teachers: how do I implement this in the real world?"
TransCen, Inc. - Richard Luecking
"Yet another important contribution by Paul Wehman to effective transition practice. This highly useable resource is a must for anyone involved in helping youth plan for the transition from school to work and adult life."
Associate Director, Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, University of Connecticut - Stan Shaw
"A must-have book that not only includes essential information on transition planning but also provides a huge selection of worksheets to help professionals effectively implement each step of the process."
Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas - Gary M. Clark
"Paul Wehman and his colleagues continue to 'ring the bell' with their books on transition services. Essentials of Transition Planning is loaded with information for professionals working with students with moderate to severe disabilities."
The Midwest Book Review - The Bookwatch
"Provides a fine guidebook collecting all of the basics of transition plans for young people with disabilities and comse from one of the top authorities on helping young people transition to independence."
Research & Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
"Successfully addresses planning for students with various levels of support needs."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598570984
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Wehman is Professor of Physical Medicine with joint appointments in the Departments of Rehabilitation Counseling and also Special Education and Disability Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. He serves as Chairman of the Division of Rehabilitation Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Wehman has his Ph.D. in Behavioral Disabilities from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As one of the original founders of supported employment, he has worked closely with business and industry since 1980 and has published over 200 articles and authored or edited more than 40 books primarily in transition, severe disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury and employment for persons with disabilities. He has been the Principal Investigator on 41 million dollars in grants during his career.

As the father of two young adults with disabilities, he brings a strong parental as well as business perspective to his work. He is highly active in speaking to professionals, parents, advocates and businesses on transition and employment for people with autism, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and other developmental disabilities. On a daily basis he works with individuals with disabilities, communicates regularly with professionals in the world of business related to disability and diversity, and is active in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, and doctoral students in rehabilitation medicine, special education, rehabilitation and psychology. A major focus of Dr. Wehman's work is on expanding the partnerships with businesses of all sizes so that more persons with disabilities can gain entrance into the workplace and retain employment successfully.

He is a recipient of the Kennedy Foundation Award in Mental Retardation in 1990 and President's Committee on Employment for Persons with Disabilities in 1992. Dr. Wehman was recognized as one of the 50 most influential special educators of the millennium by the Remedial and Special Education journal in December, 2000. He is also Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

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