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3 ways to improve postsecondary planning for special education students

July 05, 2024

Students spend 12-18 years in the school system with one common goal—to become successful adults. The journey can be compared to a marathon, not a sprint. And for special education students, the marathon can feel like it is being run on Mt. Everest.

In 2021–22, 7.3 million students ages 3–21 (the equivalent of 15% of all public school students) received special education and/or related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A recent Washington state survey showed that the majority of students with intellectual disabilities don’t move on to college or employment a year after graduation. How do we help these students in school and transitioning to adulthood and a life they love? Read More