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Preparation for transition and secondary teachers of students with low-incidence disabilities  

According to the 26th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of IDEA, transition-aged students with low-incidence disabilities comprise three of the fastest growing disability categories (autism, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairments) and two of the fastest growing age categories (age 12-17 and 18-21). This dramatic growth will require substantial increases in the number of transition teachers able to address the needs of a population that continues to lack access to vocational services, postsecondary education, and transition services. This proposal addresses this current need by providing an 18-semester credit hour transition endorsement program to 54 graduate students in high school transition positions serving students with low-incidence disabilities in rural and urban areas. Trainees will complete a minimum of two career and technical education courses, two transition courses, one rehabilitation course, and a practicum as part of their interdisciplinary training. To apply direct service skills, trainees will develop a local interagency transition team to collaboratively develop a person-centered planning retreat and subsequent community-based programs for students with low-incidence disabilities. Training will be provided statewide and regionally through Kent State networks and distance learning. The program will be evaluated and replicated with three additional Special Education Regional Resource Center regions in Ohio. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $199,996.00
Current Award Period 2007-2012
Project Number H325K070224
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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