During almost 30 years in the special education field, Diana Katovitch has sometimes been frustrated when her students do not reach their potential as adults. Her new book, a guide to post-secondary education (PSE) opportunities and vocational and life skills training, is her answer to making sure they do. This book makes it clear that education and learning after high school are both possible and beneficial for students with significant disabilities, giving them better job opportunities and more fulfilling lives. This guide to PSE options is designed for students ages 14 and up with a variety of disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy, their families, advocates, and secondary school professionals. Beginning with the transition planning phase, Part One discusses the benefits of various programs and what special education law does and does not support as children move into adulthood. Part Two profiles a dozen specific programs to show the many different types of options, ranging from a modified academic program on a university campus, to a vocational residential program designed specifically for students with special needs.
Readers learn what to look for and which kind of program is best suited to their child's or student's abilities. Part Three offers nitty-gritty advice to students, parents, and teachers on preparing for the demands of post-secondary education -- everything from learning about and practising self-advocacy skills and financial planning to the application process, and how to support a child while he or she is attending a PSE program. Not only does the author provide important practical information and guidance, she also inspires families, giving them renewed hope in their childs future and the possibilities for them to continue learning and gaining independence into adulthood.
Table of Contents
"A Life Worth Living": Post-secondary Education & Students with Significant Disabilities; What's Transition Got to Do with Post-secondary Education?; Addressing the Elephant in the Lecture Hall: Inclusion & Post-secondary Program Options; More about Options; Storming the Ivory Tower: College-Based Transition Program -- Buffalo State College; A Matter of Degree: The Venture Program at Bellevue College & ReThink Higher Education's Passport Program; Taking Care of Business: The Occupational Training Program, Eastern New Mexico University; Five Hundred Graduates Strong: The Threshold Program, Lesley University; Learning to Take Ownership: The College Internship Program at the Berkshire Center; Sharing the Gift of Music: The Berkshire Hills Music Academy; Becoming Part of a Greater World: Vista Vocational Program & Chapel Haven R.E.A.C.H. Program; "Energy Is Anything That Causes a Change": The Career & Community Studies Program at The College of New Jersey; A Spectrum of Support: College Options for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders; Working without a Net: Students with SD Attending College on Their Own; So You Want to Go to College? Advice to Students; Touching the Future: The Secondary Teacher's Role In Facilitating PSE; Time to Face the Music: Parents' Roles in Building Competence for PSE; The Buck Stops Here: The Fine Art of Financing; The Nuts & Bolts of College Admissions: How to Start; And They're Off! Supporting Your Student During the College Years; Epilogue; Glossary; Index.