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Transition Education and Services for Students with Disabilities

Transition Education and Services for Students with Disabilities - 4th edition

Transition Education and Services for Students with Disabilities - 4th edition

ISBN13: 9780205416424

ISBN10: 020541642X

Transition Education and Services for Students with Disabilities by Patricia Sitlington and Gary Clark - ISBN 9780205416424
Edition: 4TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
International: No
Transition Education and Services for Students with Disabilities by Patricia Sitlington and Gary Clark - ISBN 9780205416424

ISBN13: 9780205416424

ISBN10: 020541642X

Edition: 4TH 06

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This book covers the transition of individuals with mild to severe disabilities from a school-age program to all aspects of adult life.

The text addresses not only the transition of students with disabilities to employment, but also the transition to future living and post-secondary educational environments. Self-determination, interpersonal, and community integration knowledge and skills are integrated throughout. Transition Education and Services for Students with Disabilities builds upon the success of past editions, but expands content to include students with severe disabilities and students at the elementary and middle school levels. This text addresses the ideal and the real in terms of the relationship of the field of transition education and services to the standards-based reform movement in education. This book is intended for use by those in pre-service education programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as those currently teaching in secondary special education programs and/or providing transition education and services.


  • Presents coordinated chapters that focus on major areas of transition education and provide in-depth information on each of these areas.
  • Models of transition education and transition services provide a coordinated approach to the course instructor and students (Ch. 1).
  • The history of secondary special education and transition education provides readers with a foundation for current practice (Ch. 1).
  • An overview of the progression of major legislation related to educational reform and transition education provides an understanding of how all of the legislation is related (Ch. 2).
  • Offers specific strategies for teaching transition knowledge and skills with an emphasis on inclusive education and integration into the community (Ch. 10).
  • Emphasis on working with general education and involving individuals with disabilities and their families in the student's education and transition process.
  • Specific assessment approaches for transition planning are presented, and an extensive listing of commercially available assessment instruments are included in the text's Companion Website.
  • Information on education in self-determination is emphasized throughout the text.
  • Chapter on the transition to post-secondary education contains information on the documentation needs of postsecondary education institutions and recommendations for meeting these needs with data collected as part of the transition assessment process (Ch. 7).
  • Specific steps are outlined to prepare professionals to place, train, and supervise students with disabilities in community-based employment, with or without supports (Chapter 11).
  • Chapter on different models for providing students with work-based learning, with an emphasis on including students with disabilities in general education programs. (Chapter 6)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Transition Education and Services in Perspective.

Historical Overview.
Transition and Education Services Models.
Proposed Comprehensive Transition Education and Services Models.

2. Legislation and Guidelines for Transition Education and Services (Debra A. Neubert).

Recommended Practices in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services.

3. Students and Families: Key Participants in Transition Education.

Students as Participants.
Children and Youths with Disabilities.
Families as Participants.
Variations in Student and Family Characteristics.

4. Grades K-8 in the Transition Process: A Critical Foundation (Betty Amos).

Pertinent History.
A Case for Filling the Gap, K-8.
Elementary and Middle School Transitions.
Transition Education and Services K-8.


5. Assessment for Transition Education and Services.

Overview of Transition Assessment.
Transition Assessment and Standards-Based Reform.
Methods of Gathering Assessment Information on the Individual.
Methods of Assessing Potential Environments.
Tying Assessment into Transition Planning.
Issues to Consider When Conducting Assessments.
People Involved in the Transition Assessment Process.
Recommendations for Transition Assessment.

6. Transition to Employment.

Content for Instruction.
Principles and Approaches to Delivering Work-Based Learning.
Program Models for Delivering Work-Based Learning.
Issues in Preparing Students for Transition to Employment.

7. Transition to Postsecondary Education.

General Information on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities.
Skills Needed in Postsecondary Education Programs.
Suggested Instructional Strategies and Services at the Secondary and Postsecondary Levels.
Information and Documentation Required by Postsecondary Programs.
Gathering the Information Needed by Postsecondary Programs.

8. Transition to Adult Independent and Interdependent Living.

Training in Independent and Interdependent Living Skills.
Communication with Students and Their Families.
Communication Between Schools and Service Providers.
Generic Community Services.

9. School-Based and Community-Based Resources: Linkages and Referrals.

Referral Needs of High School Students in Special Programs.
Guidance and Counseling Services in Schools.
Communication between Schools and Service Providers.
Generic Community Services.
Community-Based Linkage and Referral Sources.
Guidelines for Making Referrals.
Interagency Cooperation.
Systematic Planning.


10. Instructional Strategies for Transition Education (Mary E. Cronin, Sassy C. Wheeler, & Melanie Forstall Lemoine).

Integrating Transition Goals and the IEP.
Teaching in Inclusive Settings.
Teaching Learning Strategies and Study Skills.
Integration of Technology.
Application of Academic Content to Real-Life Situations.
Teaching Community Skills.

11. Job Placement, Training, and Supervision.

Information on the Work Environment.
Job Development and Placement.
Legal Aspects of Work-Based Learning.
Steps in Placement and Supervision.
Individualized Planning for Transition to Employment.

12. Issues in the Implementation of Transition Education and Services.


Glossary of Terms In Transition Education and Services.
Author Index.
Subject Index.