Federal Initiatives• PL 101-476 mandates that all schools must provide transition services for all students with disabilities• The federal government defines Transition Services – a coordinated set of activities for a student, designed within an outcome-oriented process, which promotes movement form school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.
Federal Initiatives• Supported Employment – a method of integrating people with disabilities who cannot work independently into competitive employment• It includes use of an employment specialist or job coach, who helps the person with a disability function on the job
Federal Initiatives• Job coach – is a person who assists adult workers with disabilities (especially those with mental retardation), providing vocational assessment , instruction, overall planning and interaction assistance with employers, family, and related government and service agencies
Issues on Transition• Students with severe disabilities – focuses on the coordination and linkage of the many agencies outside the school setting• Students with mild disabilities – the concern centers on attempting to meet their academic as well as their vocational needs
Inclusive Education• Inclusive education happens when children with and without disabilities participate and learn together in the same classes.• All children belong.• All children learn in different ways.• It is every childs right to be included.
The Benefits of Inclusive Education• Parents visions of a typical life for their children can come true.• Children develop a positive understanding of themselves and others.• Friendships develop.• All children learn by being together.