The Power to Spring Up: Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Students with Significant Disabilities

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9781890627959: The Power to Spring Up: Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Students with Significant Disabilities

During almost 30 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.

This guide to PSE options is 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.

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 them to continue learning and gaining independence into adulthood.

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About the Author:

Diana M. Katovitch is a special education teacher in Waterloo, New York. She earned a B.S. in education from Syracuse University, and a M.S. in Reading Education from The State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland. She lives with her family in Union Springs, New York.

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What a wonderful introduction to the world of postsecondary education for students with disabilities! The profiles from various colleges and universities illustrate the creativity and dedication of institutions of higher education to creating environments and programs that respond to the needs of students with significant challenges. The section that offers advice to students, parents, and the professionals who serve them gives practical, realistic, down to earth tips for REAL success. This publication serves as inspiration, hope, and a meaningful guide to all of us who are dedicated to the success of ALL students in higher education who seek productive lives. --Lynda L. West, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education and Principal Investigator for the HEATH Resource Center, Graduate School of Education & Human Development, The George Washington University

Students with significant disabilities should not be expected to languish in their high schools for years, or accept substandard transition plans that leave them unprepared for life. I wish this groundbreaking roadmap had been available to me when I was stumbling through this uncharted territory not knowing where my own daughter with Down syndrome belonged after high school graduation. This book will be required reading for all my clients from my special education law practice. An essential book for families, professionals, and yes, it speaks to the students as well. --Anne I. Eason, mother, special education attorney, and co-author of IEP and Inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers

Overall, this is a book about possibilities and hope for parents and young persons. It is useful for those who want to continue learning beyond high school and those who prepare and support them. --Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 2010, 77(4)

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