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Transition Services Research Paper

Transition Services Research Paper

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Transition Services for Students with Disabilities 1
Transition Services for Students with DisabilitiesSam GreenoDrake University
 
Transition Services for Students with Disabilities 2
Abstract
Transition services are for students who have disabilities. These are essential for those with to be functional in the context of society. These services provide studentswho are in special education the resources they need to able to live a life of independence; they are also designed to collaborate with one another to help studentswith disabilities to reach their goals. Functional assessments are used in order toestablish these goals. Issues of employment, education, and housing are commonissues that are repeatedly addressed.
 
Transition Services for Students with Disabilities 3
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 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.
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 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
th
 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 

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