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A personnel preparation partnership for transition endorsement in low-incidence disability  

Transition-age students with low-incidence disabilities comprise 3 of the fastest growing disability categories (autism, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairments) and 2 of the fastest growing age categories (age 12-17 and 18-21). This dramatic growth will require substantial increases in the number of transition personnel able to address the needs of a population that continues to lack access to vocational services, postsecondary education, and transition services. The proposed project will address these needs by developing a transition endorsement program focused on the needs of students with low-incidence disabilities from high-need urban and rural areas. This program will provide an 18-semester-credit-hour, transition-to-work endorsement program to 24 part-time and 16 full-time graduate students who will also attain a Master┬Žs degree in transition. Trainees will complete a minimum of 2 career and technical education courses, 2 transition courses, 1 rehabilitation course, and a practicum as part of their interdisciplinary training. To apply direct service skills, trainees will develop and direct a 6-week Kent State University campus experience for high school students with low-incidence disabilities; this campus experience will include job tryouts, participation in classes, community activities, residential living, and collaboration with families. Trainee training will culminate with their development of interagency teams at schools that focus on the development of transition programs, community experiences, and post-18 programs for students with low-incidence disabilities. Training will be provided statewide and regionally through Kent State networks and distance learning. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $0.00
Current Award Period 2006-2010
Project Number H325K052072
Principal Investigator Flexer, Robert
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 6: What Does the Future Hold, Particularly for Adults? (Lifespan)
Subcategory N/A
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 6SD. Conduct at least one study to measure and improve the quality of life-long supports being delivered in community settings to adults across the spectrum with ASD through provision of specialized training for direct care staff, parents, and legal guardians, including assessment and development of ASD-specific training, if necessary, by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $7,500,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Kent State University
State/Country Ohio
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