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A Collaborative Approach to Transition Planning for Students With Disabilities

A Collaborative Approach to Transition Planning for Students With Disabilities
JoAnn M. Rae, Ed.D.
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This book is designed to inform aspiring special education teachers, special education teams, transition planning specialists, and school administrators about the complex process of transition planning and to meet the transition requirements of special education legislation.

It reflects the universal challenges that teachers, families, and students face as students progress through school with a disability.

Author Dr. JoAnn M. Rae has been in the field of special education for 34 years, in service as a special education teacher, special education administrator, teacher certification supervisor and as college faculty.

The framework she outlines addresses strategies for student with the most severe sensory and intellectual disabilities and with multiple disabilities. Unique scenarios not typically seen in other textbooks, such as IEP team disagreements, students with terminal illnesses, students with ill or overworked parents, or students living in poverty are also explored.

The text also includes:

  • Descriptions of research-based practices to maximize students’ self-determination, autonomy, goal setting and ability to have successful life experiences.
  • Opportunities to integrate knowledge with practice by providing strategies that relate to the real-life difficulties students and transition planning specialists may encounter.
  • Easy-to-replicate communication tools, such as letters to students and parents, as examples to enhance collaboration.
  • Methods for teachers to effectively promote and increase student involvement and collaboration by using structured and interactive interviews.

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