Transition Services for Students with Disabilities 3
When students graduate from high school they are faced with many monumentallife decisions. A young graduate has to make some of the most important educational,vocational, and housing decisions of their lives (Kellems & Morningstar, 2010). Thesechoices are extremely difficult and strenuous for any individual, but they can be evenmore difficult for students with disabilities (Zigmond, 2006). That being said, in today¶seconomy finding a job is also not an easy task, even with a high-school or collegedegree. A recent study found that only 57% of students who received special educationservices will be employed three to five years after leaving high school compared to 69%of students who received general education (Osgood, Foster, Courtney, 2010).Obviously, this is a significant gap that should be addressed. However, there are manyavailable laws and resources put in place to protect and help students with disabilitiesbecome the successful citizen that each one of them is fully deserving and capable of being.
istory of Tra
Throughout history, individuals with disabilities have been a part of our humanculture. Just like everyone else, they too have to find their respective place in thiseconomically driven society after they finish their education (Prater, 2007). In the 20
century, various factory and manufacturing jobs were common for people who did nothave the ability or desire to pursue higher education; however, in recent decades manyof these repetitive factory jobs have ceased to exist due to the increasing costeffectiveness of machinery and other new technologies that can replace human labor (Goozner, 2004, par.1-5). Essentially this means that there are fewer jobs available for