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Help students navigate the transition from high school to postsecondary education!

Designed for general and special education teachers, this resource provides guidelines and examples of how educators can help high school students plan ahead for successful transitions to postsecondary education. The authors offer vignettes of students discussing support that has been helpful; present case studies of students with special support needs; provide students perspectives; and answer questions that include:

  • What changes can a student expect during transition from high school?
  • What do students say about what works for them?
  • How do self-determination skills promote a successful transition?
  • How can families support students in transition?
  • What role do community agencies play in supporting transitions?
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Editorial Reviews

Michael J. Ward
"While secondary educators have improved opportunities for the development of skills necessary for academic success and transition to the next setting, there is a need for practitioner-friendly information on what persons with disabilities need to access postsecondary education and careers as well as how their participation in these areas can improve their outcomes. Kochhar-Bryant, Bassett,and Webb do a fine job in responding to this need."
Robert N. Ianacone
"A primer for teaching all students with special needs who are moving from the protective environment of our secondary schools to self-reliance, self-advocacy, and independence. This book fills a noticeable gap in our profession’s ability to identify the key elements, strategies, and resources required for successful transition into postsecondary education. Moreover, thisbook is a lifeline for parents who are asking what’s next, where do we go from here, and who can we go to for services when needed."
Jane Williams
"Meets the need for a comprehensive set of strategies for assisting young adults' transition to postsecondary education and work environments. The book is well-written, easy to read, and addresses many facets and avenues for transitioning effectively. A must-have!"
Patricia K. Ralabate
"Today, students with disabilities have more postsecondary options than ever before. They need to make knowledgeable decisions about their futures. This timely resource provides critical guidance educators and families need to help students transition into postsecondary education and careers with purposeful success. The authors offer a powerful storehouse of information and suggestions that fills a longstanding vacuum in our professional resources."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412952798
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Kochhar-Bryant is a professor of special education at the George Washington University. For 21 years she has developed and directed advanced graduate and doctoral leadership preparation programs related to secondary and transition services for youth with disabilities. She teaches courses in special education, legal issues and public policy, systemic change and leadership, and interdisciplinary planning and development. She currently consults with public school districts, state departments of education, and federal agencies, and has collaborated in international special education and transition policy research with the World Bank and the Office of Economic Cooperation and Development. She has conducted evaluations of state systemic reform initiatives, national technical assistance centers, transition services in correctional systems, and a variety of community-based agencies. Kochhar-Bryant is a former teacher of individuals with intellectual disabilities, a residential program director, case management program director, and evaluator. She is widely published in theareas of disability policy, leadership development, interagency service coordination, career-vocational programming, and secondary-to-postsecondary transition for special learners. She is past president of the Division on Career Development and Transition of the International Council for Exceptional Children.

Diane S. Bassett is a professor in the School of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado. She has taught general and special education in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions, and in both public and private schools. She currently coordinates the Generalist Masters Program and teaches coursework in secondary services, adolescent and adult development, transition from school to adulthood for students with exceptionalities, self-advocacy and self-determination, and transition services in a standards-based system. Bassett is the coauthor of two books, Student-Focused Conferencing and Planning and Aligning Transition and Standards-Based Education: Issues and Strategies. Her other publications center on self-determination, effective services for students with mild/moderate disabilities, and efficacy-based transition practices. Bassett is a past president of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) and was also honored with the Oliver P. Kolstoe Award from DCDT for her work in transition. At UNCO, she has been awarded the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, the College of Education Outstanding Scholar Award and Outstanding Service Award, the Mortar Board Award, and the Panhellenic Outstanding Professor Award.

Kristine W. Webb is an associate professor in the Department of Exceptional Student and Deaf Education and director of the Disability Resource Center at the University of North Florida (UNF). Webb is a past president of the International Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), an organization dedicated to improving life for adolescents and adults with disabilities. In 2007, she was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Service Award at the University of North Florida. In addition, Webb was the UNF 2003 CASE Undergraduate Teaching Award nominee and received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2001-2002. In 2003, she was awarded the Transition Champion by the Division for Career Development and Transition. Before coming to UNF, Webb served as the director of the Florida Network: Information and Services for Adults and Adolescents with Disabilities housed at the University of Florida. Prior to that position, she was the coordinator of a collaborative special education intern program at the University of New Mexico. Before her own transition to higher education, Webb was a high school teacher for 17 years in Colorado and New Mexico. Along with her interest in teacher preparation, Webb has a long-standing passion for promoting successful postsecondary education experiences for individuals with disabilities, family involvement and collaboration, and transition to adult life for individuals with disabilities.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors ix

Introduction 1

National Focus on Postsecondary Transition 1

Postsecondary Options for Youth With Disabilities 2

Facing Many Questions About Postsecondary Choices 2

Purpose of the Book 5

1 Who Is the Student in Transition to Postsecondary? 9

Introduction 9

Who Participates in Postsecondary Options? Participation in and Outcomes of Postsecondary Education 10

Adolescent Development, Career Counseling, and Postsecondary Choices 16

2 What Changes as the Student Moves From the Secondary to the Postsecondary World? 23

Introduction 23

What Is Different for the Student in the Postsecondary World? 24

What Strategies Assist Youth With Transition to Postsecondary Education? 27

Concept of "Supported Education" 29

How Does IDEA 2004 Promote Postsecondary Participation? Collaboration and the Summary of Performance 30

What Strategies Assist Youth With Transition to Employment? 32

3 Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Skills Essential for Successful Transition to Postsecondary Settings 39

Introduction 39

What Is Self-Determination? 40

How Can Students Learn Self-Determination Skills for Postsecondary Education? 44

What Can Schools and Professionals Do to Assist Students? 52

How Can School Professionals Assist in Students' Transition to Postsecondary Education? 53

4 Guided Pathways: Colleges and Universities 55

Introduction 55

What Factors Are Essential to Help Students as They Consider Attending College? 56

How Do Students Make Postsecondary Choices? 60

How Can Students Prepare for Postsecondary Coursework in Their High School Years? 60

How Do Students Prepare to Attend Postsecondary Institutions? 65

5 Guided Pathways:Career-Technical Education 71

Introduction 71

Federal Laws and Eligibility for Career-Technical Education 75

Origins of Career-Technical Education 78

Career Education Becomes a National Priority and Includes Special Populations 79

Planning for Transition for Students with Disabilities 89

Career and Technical Course Accommodations/Modifications 95

Assessment for Planning and Transition 97

Postsecondary and Workplace Accommodations 101

6 Focus on the Year After High School 105

Introduction 105

Transition to Self-Determined Decisions 106

Transition to Self-Advocacy 113

Transition to College Services 115

Transition to College Learning 119

Closing Thoughts 127

7 Role of Community Agencies in Supporting the Transition to Postsecondary Education 129

Introduction 129

What Is the Role of Community Agencies in Supporting Transition to Postsecondary? 131

What Agencies or Services Are Available to Assist Students in Making a Successful Transition to Postsecondary Education? 135

What Agency Services Are Provided and Who Are the Professionals Who Provide Them? 136

How Do Students Access Agency Services? 139

How Does the Postsecondary Student Access Services From Vocational Rehabilitation? 140

What Is the Role of the Local Interagency Transition Planning Council? 143

Getting Started Building a Community Transition Team 144

8 Student Voices 147

Introduction 147

Voices from Current Students 149

Deciding 150

Planning 155

Preparing 159

Exploring 164

Selecting 167

Applying 170

Enrolling 172

9 Considerations for Students with Specific Disabilities 177

Introduction 177

Students With Learning Disabilities 178

Students With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Attention Deficit Disorder 181

Students Who Have Chronic Diseases or Medical Conditions 183

Students With Emotional Disabilities or Mental Illnesses 185

Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing 187

Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision 189

Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders 191

Final Thoughts 191

Resource A 194

References 210

Index 232

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    A successful guide to Transition

    I used this document as a resource for my dissertation. It was helpful in terms of structuring and organizing the overall process of Transition as it relates to Special Needs Students into the adult world. In addition, it identifies the most recent legislation that governs the transition process and identifies roles and responsibilities of state and local agencies. Individuals reading this book can rely on it as a resource when designing an effective Transition plan for special needs youth and refer back to it during the process. Although written globally, individuals can research the links provided within their own communities. Finally, a document that provides one shot look at "Transition".

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