The SAGE Handbook of Special Education brings together the most up to date knowledge of this area and will serve as the major source book of authoritative information and ideas about current and future directions for special education. It aims to examine the intricate relations between theory, research, and practice, and places a particular emphasis on international policies such as Education for All, and inclusive education as a strategy for achieving it. This comprehensive, research-based work, assembles scholarship on an international level, and covers topics that transcend national boundaries.
Students with disabilities have made significant strides toward fulfilling their expectation to be integrated into adult life. In fact, they have the same life objectives (that is, employment success, community participation, and economic security) as students without disabilities (Henderson, 2001). Access to the general education curriculum and transition planning for high school students with disabilities has broadened their awareness of and preparation for postsecondary education. Recent data, however, would also indicate that current graduates from secondary schools across the globe are not adequately prepared and are therefore too often unable to successfully access or complete postsecondary education (Smith-Davis, 2004; Starikova, 2004).
The graduation rates from high school for students with disabilities in the US are about 56 per cent in comparison to 90 per ...