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Launching into Adulthood An Integrated Response to Support Transition of Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and Disabilities Edited by Donald Lollar

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As adolescents with disabilities or chronic health conditions reach adulthood, they face complex challenges related to employment,education, housing, health care, and community participation. Coordinated, well-organized transition services could make all thedifference—and this cutting-edge volume gives decision-makers a clear vision to work toward as they reform today's fragmented system.

Research scientist Donald Lollar gathers the best, most current thinking on transition from a multidisciplinary team of experts. Together,they make research-based recommendations that will streamline access to services, meet young people's individual needs, and improvelong-term outcomes. Readers will discover which kinds of policy changes and program initiatives could help adolescents with a range ofdisabilities

  • maintain continuous, high-quality medical care and health insurance as they enter adulthood

  • prepare for every aspect of meaningful employment, from determining career goals to fulfilling job requirements

  • choose, secure, and keep an affordable and accessible home

  • build the skills they need to use local transportation options as independently as possible

  • participate fully in community activities, with the help of both formal and informal supports

Readers will get valuable insight on improving the various systems with fragmented and uncoordinated programs—health, education, labor, housing, transportation. And because chapters are coauthored by experts on adolescents and experts on adult disability, readers will have a balanced, cohesive perspective that will help them improve both sides of transition.

With this map for program and policy change close at hand, program developers will take confident steps toward their ultimate goal: a seamlessly integrated transition system that helps young adults with disabilities lead successful, self-determined adult lives.

Table of Contents

About the Editor and Contributors
Judy Woodruff
Bonnie Strickland

I: Foundations for Transition Policy

1. Transition Policies: Challenges and Services for Youth with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions
Debbie Klein Walker & George Jesien

2. Developmental Context: The Transition from Adolescence to Emerging Adulthood for Youth with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions
Grayson N. Holmbeck, Laurie J. Bauman, Bonnie S. Essner, Lauren M. Kelly, & Kathy Zebracki

3. Measuring Success: Data on Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States with Special Health Care Needs or Disabilities
Scott D. Grosse, Janet L.Valluzzi, & Paul W. Newacheck

II: Basic Needs for Transition Success

4. Health Care: Access and Medical Support for Youth and Young Adults with Chronic Health Conditions and Disabilities
Ruth E.K.Stein, James M. Perrin, & Lisa I. Iezzoni

5. Transportation: Vehicles for Participation by Youth with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions
Bryna Helfer

6. Housing: Choosing, Getting, and Keeping Homes as Young Adults with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions
Valerie Fletcher

III: Goals for Seamless Transitions

7. Communities for All: Community Participation by Adolescents and Young Adults with Disabilities
Laurie E. Powers, David R. Johnson, & Josie Badger

8. Meaningful Work: Obtaining and Maintaining Employment as Youth with Chronic Health Conditions
Thomas P. Golden, Sue Swenson, Sarah von Schrader, & Susanne M. Bruyère

9. Recommendations for Policy and Practice
George Jesien, Debbie Klein Walker, & Donald Lollar



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