Essentials of Transition Planning

Author: Paul Wehman Ph.D.; Series Editor: Paul Wehman Ph.D.; Board Members: Renee Cameto Ph.D., Teresa Grossi Ph.D., Debra Hart M.S., Peg Lamb Ph.D., David W. Test Ph.D., Michael L. Wehmeyer

Format: Paperback, 200 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781598570984
Price: $32.95

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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, 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.


Review: Research & Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
"Successfully addresses planning for students with various levels of support needs."
Review: The Midwest Book Review - The Bookwatch
"Provides a fine guidebook collecting all of the basics of transition plans for young people with disabilities and comse from one of the top authorities on helping young people transition to independence."
Review by: David Michael Mank, Director, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community; Professor, Indiana University
"Practical, outcome oriented, and comprehensive . . . Practitioners in schools and adult services, individuals with disabilities, and families will all find this book valuable."
Review by: Robert A. Stodden, Director, Center on Disability Studies (CDS); Professor, Disability Studies & Special Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa
"Reflects the many years of personal and professional experience the author has invested in seeking an improved the quality of life of persons with disabilities. This book brings a mix of research-based evidence and personal experience applicable to a wide range of persons involved in the process of secondary school to adult transition for persons with disabilities."
Review by: Meg Grigal, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMASS-Boston
"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."
Review by: Colleen A. Thoma, Professor of Special Education and Disability Policy, VCU, Past President of Division on Career Development and Transition
"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?"
Review by: Richard Luecking, TransCen, Inc.
"Yet another important contribution by Paul Wehman to effective transition practice. This highly useable resource is a must for anyone involved in helping youth plan for the transition from school to work and adult life."
Review by: Stan Shaw, Associate Director, Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, University of Connecticut
"A must-have book that not only includes essential information on transition planning but also provides a huge selection of worksheets to help professionals effectively implement each step of the process."
Review by: Gary M. Clark, Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas
"Paul Wehman and his colleagues continue to 'ring the bell' with their books on transition services. Essentials of Transition Planning is loaded with information for professionals working with students with moderate to severe disabilities."

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 Components

2. Individual and Community Transition Planning

  • Individualized Transition Planning
  • Community Participation and Collaboration
  • Transition Supports
  • Self-Determination
  • 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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