Life After High School
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©2010. By Susan Yellin and Christina Cacioppo Bertsch. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures every high school student with disabilities a free appropriate public education. So it can come as a real shock for students and families to learn that IDEA and its rights and protections no longer apply once a student has graduated. Susan Yellin, an attorney and Christina Cacioppo Bertsch, a former College Disability Services Director, understand this dilemma and sympathize with parents who face it. "Imagine always taking a trip by car, then suddenly being told you can no longer travel by car. All travel must be by air or train; with new rules, restrictions and fares. Frustrating? Confusing? Absolutely. This is what many families of students with disabilities feel when they leave behind the legal protections and procedures of high school."
In their exceptional new book, Life After High School: A Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Families Yellin and Bertsch, provide an unparalleled informative guide, complete with extensive information about resources for students and parents who may be confused, worried and unsure of what to do next. They have written an essential handbook for students with disabilities and their families, designed to make the transition to life after high school as easy and painless as possible. "There is no single correct path for an effective transition, but the steps we have outlined can make the process smoother and can land students at their next destination with the skills and knowledge to be successful."
Graduating high school and moving on to further education or the workplace brings with it a whole new set of challenges, and this is especially true for students with disabilities. In Life After High School Yellin and Bertsch provide a complete overview of the issues such students and their families will need to consider, and outline the key skills they will need in order to succeed once they get there, using the experiences of students they have encountered in their work. "We hope to help students better understand their rights, responsibilities, and options as they move on to further education or the workplace; and help provide the tools they will need to succeed once they get there."
"We've written this book to help answer the many questions that students, families, and their advisors have asked us over the years," write Yellin and Bertsch. "We hope to give the reader a unique perspective on transitioning to life after high school, and we aim to make this book a good, useful reading experience." (From Publisher)
Life After High School: A Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Families (Softcover; 272 pages.)
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