What is helping students with disabilities in transitioning from school to adult life? That’s the focus of this issue of Impact. It includes articles written by researchers, community service providers, and others. This edition of Impact has nineteen articles and sidebars that explain many of the sub-topics that fit under the very large banner of “providing appropriate education for secondary students with disabilities in an era of educational reform.”
There are eight articles that profile successful research or community programs that assist youth in transitioning into adult life. One of these explain the work of the DO-IT Program housed at the University of Washington . Using a technology-rich approach, this program combines residential summer study, computer and internet activities, and career preparation to prepare youth with disabilities for success in college.
A college education can open the door to greater participation in the workplace and community. With this urgently needed, research-based book, readers will learn what they can do to make this crucial opportunity available to young people with a wide range of disabilities. Professionals who work in high schools and colleges — including disability service coordinators, guidance counselors, administrators, and general and special educators — will use this important resource to
- help students make all of the necessary preparations, including selecting a college, applying, determining eligibility for services, and securing financial aid
- create welcoming college classrooms through the use of universally designed instructional strategies, assessment methods, and accommodations and supports
- address the specific needs of students who have psychiatric disabilities, learning disabilities and ADHD, and developmental disabilities
- promote the important concept of self-determination to aid students in their transition to college life and professional life
- learn students’ rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act
- help students practice for and make the transition to the working world, using resources such as internships, career centers, and business partnerships
Filled with case studies, best practices, program guidelines, and strategies, this is a required resource for anyone who educates or coordinates services for individuals with disabilities. Readers will discover their part in helping young people gain access to a meaningful college education — one that promotes independence and responsibility, sharpens social skills, and builds a strong foundation for a successful career.
The Kennesaw State University Academy for Inclusive Learning is a unique two year certificate program designed to provide students with developmental disabilities a college experience. This is an inclusive program focused on balancing academics, wellness and employability.
The international DO-IT Center promotes the success of individuals with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers, using technology as an empowering tool. DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs such as those in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Article from February 19, 2009 U.S. News highlighting one young woman with Down Syndrome’s pursuit of her Associate’s Degree and the push for further research in the field of postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
This site provides helpful information, free resources and lots of encouragement for families as they support their child’s transition to a fulfilling self-determined life after high school. Many articles include videos of teens and young adults with disabilities sharing their own journeys. Links to key transition resources are provided and explained in a clear and friendly manner.
Submitted by Life After IEPs