May 2019 - Special Educator e-Journal


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Special Education Legal Alert

By Perry A. Zirkel

© April 2019

This month’s update concerns issues that were subject to recent relevant court decisions and are of general significance: (a) racial and ethnic disproportionality in discipline, and (b) eligibility of students with dyslexia under the IDEA classification of specific learning disabilities (SLD).  Materials relating to both of these issues are available on my website perryzirkel.com.

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Transition to Adulthood

A Quick Summary of Transition

Transition services are intended to prepare students to move from the world of school to the world of adulthood. Transition planning begins during high school at the latest. IDEA requires that transition planning start by the time the student reaches age 16. Transition planning may start earlier (when the student is younger than 16) if the IEP team decides it would be appropriate to do so. Transition planning takes place as part of developing the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP team (which includes the student and the parents) develops the transition plan. The student must be invited to any IEP meeting where postsecondary goals and transition services needed to reach those goals will be considered. In transition planning, the IEP team considers areas such as postsecondary education or vocational training, employment, independent living, and community participation. Transition services must be a coordinated set of activities oriented toward producing results. Transition services are based on the student’s needs and must take into account his or her preferences and interests. Not enough detail? We can fix that! Login to read more…

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Buzz from the Hub

This month from the Hub are the following:

  • Highly Rated Materials from CPIR
  • Highly Rated Materials from Other Organizations
  • A Trio from CPIR
  • A Quartet from Other Organizations

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Employment Connections

Getting Started

First, is employment a goal the student has for himself or herself? In what area or domain might he or she be interested? There are so many possibilities when you think about having a job, it’s important for students to identify what types of jobs are suited to their interests, needs, and preferences. This alone can involve quite an inquiry, but it’s a very important beginning link in the chain of planning.
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Understanding the New Vision for Career Development: The Role of Family

By helping to support youth in making important informed decisions about their future, parents and other caring adults can contribute a great deal to their children’s post-high school success. For youth with disabilities in particular, families often play the very important roles of setting high expectations for youth’s future employment, and of advocating for opportunities for them to identify their strengths and interests and to explore career options. Families who learn about and begin the career development process with their youth early will be better prepared to support them in choosing and building a bright future. To learn more and download a PDF file login

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Career Planning Begins with Assessment: A Guide for Professionals Serving Youth with Educational and Career Development Challenges

This guide includes customizable sample forms covering topics such as release of records, personal transition plans, resource mapping, interagency data-sharing, and learning needs screening, as well as resources on topics such as fair testing, professional ethics, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and assessments and federal laws. To access this downloadable PDF, login.

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Benefits for Children with Disabilities

This booklet is for the parents, caregivers, or representatives of children younger than age 18 who have disabilities that might make them eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. It is also for adults who became disabled in childhood (prior to age 22), and who might be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Login to access this booklet

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ADA Q&A: Transitioning to Adulthood

Students focus on building skills that they need in these areas. Learning about the ADA by applying it to real-life situations can help make the ADA more understandable, show its relevance, and help students to develop self advocacy skills they will need. Login to learn more.

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Fostering Self-Determination Among Children and Youth with Disabilities

Numerous research studies have shown a strong link between the development of self-determination and a host of positive outcomes while children are still in school and long after they graduate. Login to learn more.

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Acknowledgements

Portions of this or previous month’s NASET’s Special Educator e-Journal were excerpted from:

  • Center for Parent Information and Resources
  • Committee on Education and the Workforce
  • FirstGov.gov-The Official U.S. Government Web Portal
  • Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP)
  • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
  • National Institute of Health
  • National Organization on Disability
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Education-The Achiever
  • U.S. Department of Education-The Education Innovator
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • U.S. Office of Special Education

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) thanks all of the above for the information provided for this or prior editions of the Special Educator e-Journal


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