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.

Inclusion in General Education Classes

Inclusion in general education classes

In the 1980s, recommended practice for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities focused on providing educational experiences that would directly prepare them for successful community living (Brown et al., 1979; Wilcox & Bellamy, 1982). Curricula focused on teaching employment, personal management, and leisure activities that reflected the expectations of adulthood (Ford et al., 1989; Neel & Billingsley, 1989; Wilcox & Bellamy, 1987). Teachers were encouraged to move instruction out of the classroom and into community settings in order to ensure that students developed the skills necessary to obtain paid jobs, use the resources of the community, and live independently prior to graduation (Horner, McDonnell, & Bellamy, 1986; Sailor et al., 1987). Although community-based curriculum ...

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