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A National Study on Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Youth with Disabilities
(December 2004)
NCSET Topical Report
This Topical Report examines the results of a national study on the status of state high school graduation policies and diploma options for youth with disabilities. The study focused on state policies in relation to their intended benefits as well as possible unintended consequences for youth with disabilities. The study addresses issues concerning high school exit exams as well as single, multiple, and alternative diploma options. Available in PDF format (48 pages, 825 KB).

Addressing the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students With Disabilities in Postsecondary Education (February 2004)
NCSET Information Brief
Persons with disabilities usually must overcome a variety of challenges not faced by their peers without disabilities in order to gain entry to and succeed in postsecondary education. These challenges are often especially difficult for persons with disabilities of culturally and linguistically diverse heritage. This brief identifies the major challenges of postsecondary education for persons with disabilities of culturally and linguistically diverse heritage and provides recommendations to postsecondary institutions for supporting the educational success of these students.

The Characteristics, Experiences, and Outcomes of Youth with Emotional Disturbances (August 2004)
NCSET NLTS2 Data Brief  
This NLTS2 Data Brief takes a fresh look at selected characteristics of youth with emotional disturbances and their households that distinguish them from other youth with disabilities and/or from youth in the general population. It also describes aspects of their school histories and their current school programs and experiences, as well as indicators of their academic performance and social adjustment at school. Finally, the activities of youth with ED outside of school are highlighted.

Choices in Transition: A Model for Career Development (February 2006)
NCSET Information Brief  
This brief describes the Choices in Transition program for low-income ethnic minority youth with disabilities in Chicago. The program supports these youth in the process of transition in order to improve their educational and vocational success and increase their self-determination. Recommendations for improving the transition outcomes of youth with disabilities are included.

IDEA 1997 Temas de Transición (July 2002)
NCSET Parent Brief
This is the Spanish-language edition of the Parent Brief entitled "IDEA 1997 Transition Issues: The IEP for Transition Aged Students." Este artículo explica los requerimientos para la transición bajo IDEA, la composición y funcionamiento del Equipo de Transición del Programa de Educación Individualizada (Individual Education Program—IEP) y los factores especiales a ser considerados por el equipo de IEP. También delinea el papel que juegan los estudiantes, padres, personal de la escuela y personal de la agencia en el equipo de transición del IEP.

IDEA 1997 Transition Issues: The IEP for Transition Aged Students (July 2002)
NCSET Parent Brief
Explains the requirements for transition under IDEA, the composition and functioning of the Individual Education Program (IEP) Transition Team, and special factors for the IEP Team to consider. It also outlines the roles of students, parents, educators, school staff, and agency staff on the IEP Transition Team.

Person-Centered Planning: A Tool for Transition (February 2004)
NCSET Parent Brief
This brief provides a concise description of person-centered planning and an explanation of the benefits of this process. The brief also provides action steps for implementing person-centered planning, references within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that support the process, and a list of additional resources.

La Planificación Centrada en la Persona: Una Herramienta para la Transición (February 2004)
NCSET Parent Brief
This is the Spanish-language edition of the Parent Brief entitled "Person-Centered Planning: A Tool for Transition." Este artículo proporciona una descripción concisa de una planificación centrada en la persona y una explicación de los beneficios de este proceso. El artículo también provee los pasos a dar para implementarlo, referencias dentro de la Ley de Educación para Personas con Discapacidades (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—IDEA) que apoyan el proceso y una lista de recursos adicionales.

Self-Determination: Supporting Successful Transition (May 2003)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
This brief outlines research on self-determination suggesting that youth with disabilities who actively direct their own lives are more likely to successfully transition into adult life. In addition, the brief addresses development of self-determination skills and student-led Individualized Education Program meetings. Also included are descriptions and contact information for several self-determination curricula and helpful Web links.

Supporting Dynamic Development of Youth with Disabilities During Transition: A Guide for Families (March 2004)
NCSET Information Brief
This brief offers concrete, useful information about adolescent development to guide families in supporting youth with disabilities. It also provides the compassionate perspective of a parent of a youth with a disability regarding the transition process. Finally, the brief offers a list of further resources.

Supporting Youth With Disabilities to Access and Succeed in Postsecondary Education: Essentials for Educators in Secondary Schools (December 2002)
NCSET Issue Brief
Recent efforts to improve the postsecondary school outcomes of youth with disabilities have focused on curriculum quality and exposure to non-academic opportunities. Of equal importance is ensuring that students with disabilities are active participants in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and understand the differences between secondary and postsecondary school environments, especially in regard to provision of supports, services and accommodations. This brief outlines the differences in assistance determination and provision encountered by youth with disabilities as they transition into postschool environments. It also offers related recommendations on improving the transition process for youth with disabilities.

The Transition Planning Process (April 2005)
NCSET NLTS2 Data Brief
This NLTS2 Data Brief provides a national view of the transition planning process undertaken during high school with and for youth with disabilities as they prepare for life after school. The information reported comes from a mail survey of school personnel conducted as part of the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). Findings from NLTS2 generalize to youth with disabilities nationally who were 13 to 16 years old in December 2000, to each of 12 federal disability categories, and to each age group within the age range.

Work-Based Learning and Future Employment for Youth: A Guide for Parents and Guardians (October 2003)
NCSET Information Brief
Setting high expectations early in life is an important step in order for youth to develop the skills to succeed in the future. This guide for parents and guardians of youth with disabilities outlines how work-based learning helps youth identify interests, strengths, skills, and needs related to career development. Specific examples are provided, as well as further resources.

Youth Employment (December 2003)
NCSET NLTS2 Data Brief
This NLTS2 Data Brief provides a detailed description of employment trends for youth with disabilities documented within the National Longitudinal Study-2. The NLTS2 has gathered data on work-study employment and regular paid employment of youth with disabilities, with a focus on hourly pay, disability categories, demographic differences in employment, and individual differences such as gender, age, race/ethnicity, and household income in relation to employment. This brief provides a concise and organized presentation of the results, including descriptive graphs.

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