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Secondary Education for Students With Developmental Disabilities

Secondary education for students with developmental disabilities refers to the period of time youth with intellectual or significant learning problems are in high school or transition programs. It generally pertains to students aged 14 to 22 years receiving special education services under the eligibility categories of intellectual disability (formerly mental retardation), autism, or multiple disabilities. It is a critical period in the lifespan of individuals with developmental disabilities as it is the last opportunity for them to receive all the provisions and entitlements afforded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). Secondary education focuses on preparing youth to exit the school system and enter the adult world. This period is often referred to as the transition period.

The IDEA defines transition services ...

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