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.

Employment Training

Employment training

It is well documented that employment plays an important role in shaping our economic and psychological well-being as adults (Szymanski, Ryan, Merz, Trevino, & Johnston-Rodriquez, 1996). Consequently, it is not surprising that a significant portion of the general secondary curriculum centers on teaching students the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace, exposing them to career alternatives, and developing a work ethic (Berryman, 1993). Employment training options in secondary schools range from participation in vocational education classes, such as metal and wood shop, to community-based work experience programs. The opportunity to develop the skills and dispositions necessary to have a productive and satisfying job is no less important for secondary students with intellectual and developmental disabilities than it is for their peers ...

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