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Amillia K. Oswalt

University of Arkansas

Developing Community Partnerships in Rural Communities

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March 19, 2021
In 2004, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) required that all students have a coordinated set of activities that are designed using an outcome-based process. Part of this transition process can, and should, include teaching students the skills that they will need to be successful within their communities. Skills focused on preparing students for future work and education, independent living, and community engagement might include work readiness, communication, purchasing, ordering, shopping, banking, and participating in or attending local social and sporting events. Despite the addition of transition-focused skill attainment to IDEA and research identifying predictors for effective transition, students post high school are still not meeting their and their IEP team’s goals for them (Trainor et al., 2020). Young adults continue to not be employed to the extent they wish for themselves. Read more >

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