Structured Work Experiences

Authored by: Lauren Lindstrom , Bonnie Doren , K. Brigid Flannery , Michael R. Benz

Handbook of Adolescent Transition Education for Youth with Disabilities

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415872782
eBook ISBN: 9780203837320
Adobe ISBN: 9781136869761


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According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, the fundamental purpose of a free appropriate public education is to prepare youth with disabilities for “further education, employment, and independent living” (IDEA, 2004 Sec 601 (d) (1) (A)). Students with disabilities need comprehensive transition planning, structured instruction, individual supports, and community-based experiences to adequately prepare them to transition into adult roles in the community. Structured work experience is a critical component of these transition best practices and an effective tool for preparing youth for future employment options (Benz, Lindstrom, & Yovanoff, 2000; National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET), 2005; Test et al., 2009).

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