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Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young People

Title 2:
With Disabilities (5th ed.)
Paul Wehman
Hardcover & Instructor Materials
10" x 7.3"
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An education that focuses on the development of personal competence, life skills, and employment opportunities is critical to the foundation of adult adjustment and success in work and the community. Schools must comprehend the importance of transition in the special education curriculum and adult services system and develop student-oriented transition programs that empower young people with disabilities and prepare them to lead productive, fulfilling adult lives.

In the fifth edition of Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young People With Disabilities, Paul Wehman presents a framework for promoting school to adulthood transition, emphasizing the importance of work, transition planning, business, living skills, assistive technology, high-stakes testing, postsecondary education, multiculturalism, social skills training, parents and families, and secondary curriculum.

The book provides teachers, rehabilitation counselors, transition specialists, and parents the accurate, clear and up-to-date information they need to ensure seamless transitions for young adults with disabilities from public schools to postsecondary opportunities in 2- and 4-year colleges and the workforce.

The book stresses six major themes:

  • Work: Schools must do more to prepare students for employment 
  • Self-determination and self-advocacy: Schoools must provide students with with knowledge, competency and opportunities necessary to exercise freedom and choice
  •  Social competence: Schools can help teach social competence skills through role playing, counseling, and targeted instruction of social skills
  •   Inclusion: The inclusion of students with disabilities into the general education classroom is a substantiated recommended practice
  • Parent involvement: Parents must have informed knowledge about what postsecondary school and employment options are available for their child. Transition planning should involve parents as well as the child.
  •  Postsecondary education: Opportunities for ongoing education and lifelong learning for individuals with disabilities can help them live productive and fulfilling lives.

In addition to offering general strategies for enhancing transition services for young people with disabilities, Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young People With Disabilities recommends specific methods of transition planning and intervention for youth with intellectual, physical, emotional, and learning disabilities, and autism.

Additional features include cutting-edge multi-media instructor materials for teachers contributed by career professionals, including a test bank, PowerPoint presentation, videos and activities. 


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