The Power to Spring up
Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Students With Significant Disabilities
During almost thirty years in the special education field, Diana Katovitch has sometimes been frustrated when her students do not reach their potential as adults. Her new book, a guide to postsecondary education (PSE) opportunities and vocational and life skills training, is her answer to making sure they do. THE POWER TO SPRING UP makes it clear that education and learning after high school are both possible and beneficial for students with significant disabilities, giving them better job opportunities and more fulfilling lives. Designed for students ages 14 and up with a variety of disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy, their families, advocates, and secondary school professionals, this guide offers an excellent overview of PSE programs available today. Beginning with the transition planning phase, Part One discusses the benefits of various programs and what special education law does and does not support as children move into adulthood. Part Two profiles a dozen specific programs to show the many different types of options, ranging from a modified academic program on a university campus, to a vocational residential program designed specifically for students with special needs. Readers learn what to look for and which kind of program is best suited to their child’s or student’s abilities. Part Three offers nitty-gritty advice to students, parents, and teachers on preparing for the demands of postsecondary education – everything from learning about and practicing self-advocacy skills and financial planning, to the application process and how to support a child while he or she is attending a PSE program. Not only does the author provide important practical information and guidance, she also inspires families, giving them renewed hope in their child’s future and the possibilities for him or her to continue learning and gaining independence into adulthood.
Katovitch, a special education teacher, offers a guide to postsecondary education (PSE) and vocational and life skills training for disabled students ages 14 and up with a variety of significant disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and acquired brain injury. The beginning chapters outline reasons to make postsecondary education available to all disabled students, and reviews what special education law does and does not support as children move into adulthood. The second half of the book profiles a dozen programs the author has visited in person, ranging from a modified academic program on a university campus, to a vocational residential program designed for students with special needs. The book closes with short chapters of practical advice for students, their parents, and their secondary school teachers, related to self-advocacy skills, financial planning, and the application process. The book is for students, their families, advocates, and secondary school professionals. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House, 2009
Branch Call Number:
xxi, 265 p. : ill. ; 23 cm