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.

Transition to Postsecondary Education

Transition to postsecondary education

In a study examining the benefits of postsecondary education, Baum and Payea (2005) concluded that “higher education does pay. It yields a high rate of return for students from all racial/ethnic groups, for men and for women, for those from all family backgrounds. It also delivers a high rate of return for society. We all benefit from both the public and the private investment in higher education” (p. 8). Research has consistently shown that any college experience produces meaningful improvements in quality of life for individuals in terms of annual income, the amount earned over a lifetime, access to health care, access to pensions and retirement accounts, and perception of well-being (Baum & Ma, 2007).

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