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Advocacy, Collaboration and Transition: Negotiating Adolescents' Identities across School, Family and Community

This course focuses on the development of strong collaborative relationships that are necessary to support transitions for adolescents with disabilities. These relationships are intended to ensure that adolescents' needs are addressed throughout their school experience. The transitions facing adolescents with disabilities will be examined: physical, emotional, and social change and development; post-secondary choices and the challenge of independent living; higher education, career exploration and choice; the changing role of family, adult service agencies, and other support services. The process by with special education teachers can negotiate this transition is addressed with an emphasis on developing Strategies for the dynamics of collaboration and student self-advocacy in the context of school, family and community. The course enhances the view of special educations as specialists, advocates, and a resource to colleagues for instruction, inclusion, transition and collaboration within schools, districts, and outside agencies as well as potential employers. Emphasis is placed on IDEA requirements for transition services, career development and transition processes, transition services assessment, secondary special education curricular implications, career development and trasition service needs, collaborative services in schools and communities to promote quality transition services, and issues and trends in transition education and services. Prerequisites: EDUC 502 and EDUC 543. (Pending approval of the Curriculum Committee.)