AARC Tip of the Month - January 2018
Postsecondary Education
POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH ASD

You've made it through the first half of the year; there are just a few short months until summer vacation! For many students who are close to the end of their high school careers, this is the time of year when conversations about "next year" come up. Both parents of and students with ASD  may be thinking about postsecondary education options, but may not be sure where to find programs. Check out the following links to learn more about programs for individuals with ASD, where to find scholarships and funding, and more.

UAA TAPESTRY Program (located right here in Alaska!) : "The purpose of the TAPESTRY Postsecondary Transition Program is to provide students (ages 18 to 26) with a disability a postsecondary college experience to develop their self-advocacy skills, social skills, and engage in career exploration that leads to employment in a career field or enrollment in a postsecondary educational program." - UAA website

Think College: " Find and compare information on 268 college programs for students with intellectual disabilities! Search by program name, location, and other keywords." - Think College website

Autism Speaks Postsecondary Education Resources:  This link connects users to a wide variety of information related to secondary education, including programs, scholarships, and financing.

Affordable Colleges Online - Going to College with Asperger's & Autism: Topics in this article include High School vs. College for Students with ASD, College Options for Students with ASD, Teaching Your Child to be a Self-Advocate, Transition Planning, Internships for Students with Autism, and additional resources
Books of the Month:
The books of the month are available in the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) Library. Search for books on the  SESA website, or contact our Librarian, Anne Freitag, at  afreitag@sesa.org  or  907-334-1301 

Electronic books may be accessed from anywhere in the state. If you've used our ebooks before,  go to the login page here.  If you haven't, please contact Anne so she can set up a username and password for you.  Learn more about ebooks here.

You can also look for additional articles in a variety of databases by using SLED, which is available for free for all Alaskans:  http://lam.alaska.gov/sled
Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Sourcebook
Edited by: Joyce Brennfleck Shannon
Omnigraphics, c2011
ISBN:  9780780811461

Description: "Provides basic consumer health information about the causes, risk factors, symptoms, and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and related conditions, along with facts about interventions and treatments, educational guidelines, and coping tips for families. Includes index, glossary, and other resources" - Provided by publisher. Includes information on postsecondary education.
Autism and the Transition to Adulthood: Success beyond the classroom
By: Paul Wehman, Marcia Datlow Smith, and Carol Schall
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2009
ISBN: 9781557669582

Description: " Autism diagnoses in young children increased dramatically in the 1990s - and now those children are young adults on the verge of a challenging transition to the real world. Every school and program will be ready to help with this groundbreaking practical guide...Professionals who work with young adults will get hard-to-find information on how specific social, behavioral, and cognitive characteristics of people with autism affect the transition to adulthood, exploring potential challenges and traits that can be powerful assets. Then they'll get a complete guide that walks them through every aspect of transition planning, including planning for employment and postsecondary education" - Publisher's website
Brigance Transition Skills Activities
Curriculum Associates, c2012.
ISBN: 9780760975206

Description: 35 lesson plans cover range of knowledge and skills important for transition to adult life.
Essentials of Transition Planning
By: Paul Wehman
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2011
ISBN:  9781598570984

Description: " For young people with disabilities, crossing the bridge to adulthood will be empowering instead of intimidating-when their support teams know the essentials of effective transition planning. Now all the fundamentals of well-crafted transition plans are collected in one concise quick-guide, straight from one of the top authorities on helping young people live fulfilling adult lives.  
The keystone of an innovative new series of practical transition guides, this down-to-earth guidebook is a must for educators, service providers, and all others navigating the complex process of transition planning." - Publisher's website
Going to College: Expanding opportunities for people with disabilities
Edited by: Elizabeth Evans Getzel and Paul Wehman
P.H. Brookes Pub., c2005
ISBN:  9781557667427

Description: " A college education can open the door to greater participation in the workplace and community. With this urgently needed, research-based book, readers will learn what they can do to make this crucial opportunity available to young people with a wide range of disabilities. Professionals who work in high schools and colleges-including disability service coordinators, guidance counselors, administrators, and general and special educators-will use this important resource to  help students make all of the necessary preparations, including selecting a college, applying, determining eligibility for services, and securing financial aid;  create welcoming college classrooms through the use of universally designed instructional strategies, assessment methods, and accommodations and supports;  address the specific needs of students who have psychiatric disabilities, learning disabilities and ADHD, and developmental disabilities;  promote the important concept of self-determination to aid students in their transition to college life and professional life;  learn students' rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act;  help students practice for and make the transition to the working world, using resources such as internships, career centers, and business partnerships." - Publisher's website
The Power to Spring Up: Postsecondary education opportunities for students with significant disabilities
By: Diana M. Katovitch
Woodbine House, 2009.
ISBN: 9781890627959

Description: "...The Power to Spring Up makes it clear that education and learning after high school are both possible and beneficial for students with significant disabilities, giving them better job opportunities and more fulfilling lives.
This guide...is designed for students ages 14 and up with a variety of disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy, their families, advocates, and secondary school professionals.  Beginning with the transition planning phase, Part One discusses the benefits of various programs and what special education law does and does not support as children move into adulthood. Part Two profiles a dozen specific programs to show the many different types of options, ranging from a modified academic program on a university campus, to a vocational residential program designed specifically for students with special needs. Readers learn what to look for and which kind of program is best suited to their child's or student's abilities. Part Three offers nitty-gritty advice to students, parents, and teachers on preparing for the demands of postsecondary education--everything from learning about and practicing self-advocacy skills and financial planning to the application process, and how to support a child while he or she is attending a PSE program. " - Amazon
Preparing Students with Disabilities for College Success: A practical guide to transition planning
Edited by: Stan F. Shaw, Joseph W. Madaus, and Lyman L. Dukes, III
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2010
ISBN: 9781598570168

Description: "For students with mild to moderate, non-visible disabilities, navigating a college education without the support team they had in high school can be challenging. Help students become effective self-advocates and maximize their postsecondary possibilities with this cutting-edge book, which balances current research with the most practical guidance to date on this topic. Readers will discover how to: help students find the right college and navigate the admissions process; teach students how to ask for what they need to succeed; determine student eligibility for services and accommodations; explain what the laws mean for students leaving high school; provide comprehensive academic and behavioral supports; implement school- wide supports that promote the development of students' academic and social skills within the general education curriculum; work with families to foster effective transition planning; equalize access and increase opportunities with self-determination; select supportive technology. Readers will learn how early, coordinated, student-centered planning helps students develop the academic and personal skills required to successfully transition to college. User-friendly checklists, tip boxes, activities, and illustrative vignettes translate extensive research into immediate practice with students and families. " - Publisher's website
Transition Strategies for Adolescents & Young Adults Who Use AAC
Edited by: David B. McNaughton and David R. Beukelman
Foreword by: Bruce R. Baker
Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2010
ISBN: 9781557669971

Description: "To make a smooth transition to a fulfilling, self-determined adult life, young people who use AAC need effective services that meet their individual needs and make the most of advances in technology. Professionals will provide these critical supports with the help of this book, the first complete guide to supporting the journey to adulthood for people who use AAC. Combining the best research-based practices from diverse fields-including special education, vocational rehabilitation, and communication disorders-this essential resource covers every aspect of transition planning for young adults with a wide range of disabilities. Professionals will get the knowledge and strategies they need to help young people who use AAC strengthen literacy skills, so they can access educational, vocational, and social opportunities; succeed in secondary school, participating fully in both academic and social arenas; make the transition to postsecondary education, advocating for the accommodations and supports they need to access the core curriculum; achieve self-determination by developing skills such as self- knowledge, decision making, and communication; secure employment and enjoy a positive workplace experience; increase autonomy and build friendships through community recreation and leisure activities; communicate effectively with personal assistants to ensure that their support needs are met; navigate the complex move from pediatric to adult medical and health services. " - Publisher's website
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