Essentials of Transition Planning / Edition 1

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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

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
  • Sales rank: 113,054
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Teresa Grossi, Ph.D., is Director of the Center on Community Living and Careers at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University.

Debra Hart is the Director of the Education and Transition Team for the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She serves as the Principal Investigator for the NIDRR funded Center on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, the ADD funded Consortium on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Office of Postsecondary Education funded National Coordinating Center. Debra has over 25 years of experience working with youth and adults with disabilities, their families, faculty, and professionals that support youth in becoming contributing valued members of their community via participation in inclusive secondary and postsecondary education, and competitive employment. Since 1997, Ms. Hart has directed five federal grants designed to create access to postsecondary education for youth with intellectual disabilities.

Mr. Revell conducts research in the areas of state systems change and funding of competitive enrollment outcomes. He is Training Manager for the Training and Technical Assistance for Providers, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, that is charged with providing technical assistance and information to improve the employment outcomes of individuals with significant disabilities and to reduce the use of subminimum wage certificates. He has worked for more than 30 years in the area of building competitive employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

PaulWehman, Ph.D., is Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, with joint appointments in the Departments of Rehabilitation Counseling and Special Education and Disability Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He serves as Chairman of the Division of Rehabilitation Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Virginia.

Dr. Wehman has his doctorate in behavioral disabilities from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He helped to develop supported employment at VCU in the early 1980s and has published more than 200 articles and authored or edited 40 books primarily on transition, severe disabilities, and employment for people with disabilities. He received the Kennedy Foundation Award in Mental Retardation in 1990 and the Distinguished Service Award from the President's Committee on Employment for Persons with Disabilities in 1992. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE) in 2006 and the VCU School of Medicine Research Recognition Award in 2007. Dr. Wehman was also 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 Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Dr. David W. Test, Ph.D. Professor of Special Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, teaches courses in single subject research, transition, classroom management, and professional writing.

The majority of Dr. Test's publications have focused on self-determination, transition, community-based training, and supported employment. Along with Dr. Nellie Aspel and Dr. Jane Everson he wrote the first transition methods textbook titled Transition Methods for Youth with Disabilities. Dr. Test currently serves as a Co-Principle Investigator (with Dr. Paula Kohler and Dr. Larry Kortering) of the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center, Co-Director on the North Carolina Indicator 14, Postschool Outcomes Project (with Dr. Claudia Flowers), and the UNC Charlotte Doctoral Leadership Personnel Preparation Program (with Dr. Diane Brow

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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Editorial Advisory Board
About the Author

1. Transition: An Overview and Background

The Importance of Transition
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
The Need for Transition Planning
About the Transition Planning Team
Vocational Assessment
The Planning Process
Planning Components

2. Individual and Community Transition Planning

Individualized Transition Planning
Community Participation and Collaboration
Transition Supports
School and Community Inclusion

3. Developing the Transition Curriculum
DiAnne B. Davidsen & Karren D. Streagle

How to Determine a Student's Career Goals
High-Stakes Testing and Diploma Decisions
Access to the General Education Curriculum
Community-Based Instruction
Postsecondary Education
Achieving Social Competence
Putting It All Together
Ten Prescious Minutes

4. Planning for the Future: One Student at a Time
Pameela Sherron Targett & Paul Wehman

What to Address in the Transition Individualized Education Program?
When to Begin Planning
Some Strategies for Planning
Key Players on the Transition Team
Ways to Involve Families
Ways to Involve the Student

5. Writing the Transition Individualized Education Program
Wendy Parent and Paul Wehman

Where to Begin
What to Do if More Information Is Needed
How to Decide on Goals
How to Get Started
What to Include in the Transition Individualized Education Program
Examples of Successful Postschool Outcomes
How to Obtain Support from Community Agencies and Resources

6. Implementing the Transition Individualized Education Program

The Interagency Planning Team
Interagency Collaboration
Cooperative Relationships

7. Employment: Community-Based Choices
Pamela Sherron Targett & Paul Wehman

Vocational Education, Career, and Training Models
Vocational Support Service Models
Practices Supporting Higher Education
Next Steps

8. Strategies for Funding and Resources Needed for Transition Individualized Education Programs
W. Grant Revell, Jr. & Paul Wehman

Community Training and Employment Support Programs
Transition Resources in the Adult Service System


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