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.

Developing IEPs/Transition Plans

Developing IEPs/transition plans

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 requires educators to develop a comprehensive transition plan as part of each student's Individualized Education Program beginning at age 16. The focus of transition planning is on facilitating the student's successful movement to postschool activities that are based on specific and measurable postschool goals. These activities may include postsecondary education; vocational education; integrated employment, including supported employment; continuing and adult education; adult services; independent living; or community participation. Under IDEA, schools are required to provide transition services as part of the IEP that will allow the student to achieve his or her postschool goals. For a more in-depth definition of transition services, as detailed in IDEA 2004, refer to Chapter 1.

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