Life After High School: A Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Families

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Graduating high school and moving on to further education or the workplace brings with it a whole new set of challenges, and this is especially true for students with disabilities. Life After High School provides a complete overview of the issues such students and their families will need to consider, and outlines the key skills they will need in order to succeed in college or at work.

The authors describe the legal landscape as it applies to students with disabilities, and ...

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Overview

Graduating high school and moving on to further education or the workplace brings with it a whole new set of challenges, and this is especially true for students with disabilities. Life After High School provides a complete overview of the issues such students and their families will need to consider, and outlines the key skills they will need in order to succeed in college or at work.

The authors describe the legal landscape as it applies to students with disabilities, and explain how to obtain the right disability documentation to ensure that students receive appropriate support and accommodations in college. Focusing specifically on the issues that most affect students with disabilities, they offer practical advice on everything from dealing with college entrance exams and the college entrance application process, to selecting the right college, visiting the campus, and achieving medical and financial independence away from home. A comprehensive list of further resources guides students and their families towards additional sources of information and support, and stories of students with disabilities who have already made the transition to higher education or the workplace provide ideas and encouragement.

This book offers help and support to students with disabilities of all kinds, and their families, both before and during the transition to life after high school.

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There are myriad accommodations that colleges and, to a lesser extent, work sites are required to make for people with disabilities, yet navigating the process can be daunting. Here, Yellin, attorney and founder of the nonprofit Center for Learning Differences, and Bertsch (former director, disability svcs., Fordham Univ.) provide students with disabilities and their parents an outstanding and highly readable guide to preparing for and transitioning to life after high school. They start by examining the legal landscape and cover defining a disability and creating a paper trail to document the disability and previous accommodations. They move on to college-entrance exams, how to select a college, and the admissions process, and then discuss the transition to full-time work. There is also a chapter devoted to dealing with medical issues without mom. The book ends with a useful list of resources, organized by topic, for further information. VERDICT An excellent resource for students with disabilities and their families; at this price, within reach for most people and libraries. Highly recommended.—Mark Bay, Univ. of the Cumberlands Lib., Williamsburg, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849058285
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,039,146
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

1 The Legal Landscape 14

2 Getting Started 33

3 What's a Disability? 51

4 Creating a Paper Trail 60

5 College Admissions Tests 82

6 Selecting a College 101

7 Application Advice 121

8 The Campus Visit 142

9 It's Off to Work We Go... 160

10 Medical Management Without Mom 176

11 Keys to Competence 192

12 Pulling it All Together 212

13 Money Matters 229

Resources 246

Notes 258

Index 264

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