Transition to Adulthood and Post Secondary Education

The transition to adulthood is challenging for any young person, but particularly so for youth with disabilities. Recent years have seen initiatives around the world to better prepare students with disabilities for the new demands of adulthood. Common to these initiatives is a recognition that multiple factors influence transition, including type and severity of impairment, environmental barriers and supports, personal characteristics, and available socioeconomic resources. Given such complexities, an integrated approach is essential for the provision of services and supports that effectively prepare students for a world where they will most likely have both new freedoms and new responsibilities.

Given such complexities, an integrated approach is essential for the provision of services and supports that effectively prepare students for a world where they will most likely have both new freedoms and new responsibilities. A few sessions will address the conceptualization and experience of the transition process, as well as the practical and policy issues involved in that process.

With over 25 sessions including workshops, we aim to arm participants with the tools they need. In our discussion we will delineate hands-on strategies for aiding students with disabilities as they seek success beyond high school.  Learn about an intervention in teaching writing skills shown to improve the performance of students with disabilities on the ACT writing assessment. Participants will be introduced to SRSD instruction and how to enhance students’ planning, ACT writing scores, inclusion of argumentative elements, and the use of transition words in text.

Common areas of inquiry in the field of transition that will be covered at the conference include meeting IDEA transition planning requirements; independent living; self-advocacy; self-determination; developing social capital; personal futures planning; gaining social skills; supported employment; supported education; postsecondary education disability support services; promoting healthy self-identities; personnel development; and cultural and linguistic competence in service provision.

 

For more information about this topic area, contact David Leake at leake@hawaii.edu or Evan Nakatsuka at evankn@hawaii.edu. For general information on the conference, please contact Charmaine Crockett at cccrocke@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-7539. For registration questions please contact the registration desk at (808) 956-8816, fax (808) 956-4437 or email prreg@hawaii.edu.