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.

Promoting Self-Determination

Promoting self-determination

Transition planning is an essential step in preparing students with disabilities for adult life. The transition-related requirements included in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act stipulate that all students aged 16 years and older must be invited to the Individualized Education Program meeting. Additionally, the student should be at the center of the planning process with a focus on his or her specific needs, preferences, and values. One way to ensure that students are central in the transition planning process is to encourage their active involvement, including goal identification and development. The skills and behaviors required for students to be active participants in the transition planning process are at the core of self-determination.

This chapter will define self-determination and discuss its importance in ...

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