Addressing the full range of curricular and instructional issues that face professionals working in middle school, high school, and post-high school programs, Successful Transition Programs: Pathways for Students With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Second Edition is the most relevant text available for teachers and administrators. Authors John McDonnell and Michael L. Hardman take the position that the most effective transition programs are those that cumulatively build on the capacity of students for employment, community living, and citizenship.

Key Features and Benefits

Covers systematic transition planning, employment preparation, participation in the general education curriculum, instruction in community settings, and preparing students to live as independently as possible; Aligns with recommended practice in the field and with federal legislation governing educational and community service programs; Contains ecological curriculum models for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities; Includes focus review questions, real-life example windows, and point/counterpoint boxes from key researchers on controversial issues to help readers connect the book's concepts with the typical needs of students.

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Leisure and recreation

Involvement in leisure and recreation activities is widely recognized as essential for quality of life for people with and without disabilities (Hawkins, 1997; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999, 2000). Most people are aware of the health benefits of regular physical activity through leisure and recreation. Beginning in the 1980s, the federal government—and most likely your high school gym teacher—stressed the importance of engaging in a minimum of 30 min of physical activity each day to combat obesity, heart disease, and other chronic diseases (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2005). Regular participation can also increase eye-hand coordination, fine and gross motor skills, agility, and muscular strength (Dunn, 1997), which can be essential for independence in home ...

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