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Essentials of Transition Planning -- By Paul Wehman, Ph.D., with invited contributors

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"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?" —Colleen A. Thoma, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education and Disabilitiy Policy, VCU, Past President of Division on Career Development and Transition

"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." —Meg Grigal, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMASS-Boston

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 disabilities as they navigate life beyond the classroom.

Includes practical tools such as
  • "My Future" worksheet

  • Transition Planning checklist

  • Post-High School Services checklist

  • Academic and Career Plan form

  • Social Competencies worksheet

  • Employment Exploration activity form

  • College Discussion worksheet

  • Job Observational Self-Assessment form

  • and more!

This book is Volume I in The Transition to Adulthood Series —a new series of short, research-to-practice guidebooks developed for all professionals helping young people with disabilities lead successful, fulfilling adult lives.

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 Componentss

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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