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A National Study on Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Youth with Disabilities
(December 2004)
NCSET Topical Report
This Topical Report examines the results of a national study on the status of state high school graduation policies and diploma options for youth with disabilities. The study focused on state policies in relation to their intended benefits as well as possible unintended consequences for youth with disabilities. The study addresses issues concerning high school exit exams as well as single, multiple, and alternative diploma options. Available in PDF format (48 pages, 825 KB).

Addressing the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students With Disabilities in Postsecondary Education (February 2004)
NCSET Information Brief
Persons with disabilities usually must overcome a variety of challenges not faced by their peers without disabilities in order to gain entry to and succeed in postsecondary education. These challenges are often especially difficult for persons with disabilities of culturally and linguistically diverse heritage. This brief identifies the major challenges of postsecondary education for persons with disabilities of culturally and linguistically diverse heritage and provides recommendations to postsecondary institutions for supporting the educational success of these students.

Age of Majority – Preparing Your Child for Making Good Choices (January 2002)
NCSET Parent Brief
This parent brief, published by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, addresses how to help children prepare for the age of majority, including teaching decision making, information about guardianship, conservatorship, graduation, and more.

Building Bridges Toward Science Careers for Youth with Disabilities (April 2004)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
This brief outlines results of a research project designed to (a) create a model facilitating greater access for students with disabilities to postsecondary education and careers in science and technology, and (b) investigate issues related to the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities. The researchers sought to gather information to promote a seamless transition for high school students with disabilities to math, science, engineering, and technology education at community colleges.

Challenges in Coordinating and Managing Services and Supports in Secondary and Postsecondary Options (December 2002)
NCSET Issue Brief
Current practices and policies, including differences between youth and adult service delivery systems and the lack of interagency collaboration, complicate service coordination for youth with disabilities. As youth with disabilities prepare to leave secondary school, they and their families face the challenge of finding services and supports appropriate for adult life. This brief identifies the barriers to successfully managing supports for individuals with disabilities, and provides recommendations for overcoming these barriers. This brief was written for secondary and postsecondary educational administrators, policy makers at the state level, rehabilitation counselors, and researchers in the field of education and rehabilitation.

Criando Estudiantes de Postsecundaria con Discapacidades: Convirtiéndose en el Mentor, Abogado y Guía que su Hijo Necesita (March 2002)
NCSET Parent Brief
This is the Spanish-language edition of the Parent Brief entitled "Parenting Postsecondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs." Este artículo se enfoca en la importancia de la participación de los padres en la transición de High School (preparatoria) a un ambiente postsecundario y proporciona recomendaciones concretas para ayudar a los padres a aprender cómo ser mentores y abogados de sus hijos. Incluye recursos para padres y referencias.

Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities (February 2005)
NCSET Information Brief  
Diploma options represent alternative means of graduating from high school. This brief outlines the different types of diploma options, discusses the benefits of systems with single diploma options and those with multiple diploma options, and provides information about further resources on the topic.

An Effective Model for College Students With Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (February 2004)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
College students with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders who participate in the Virginia Commonwealth University Supported Education Model tend to stay in school and progress in their educational programs, according to a study conducted by the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports. This brief describes the VCU Supported Education Model and results of the study.

The Emergence of Psychiatric Disabilities in Postsecondary Education (September 2004)
NCSET Issue Brief  
An unprecedented and growing number of postsecondary students report psychiatric disabilities. This brief provides a brief definition of the issue and an outline of the primary barriers such students face in completing postsecondary education. The brief also offers strategies for postsecondary professionals, recommendations, and further resources.

Family Expectations and Involvement for Youth with Disabilities (September 2005)
NCSET NLTS2 Data Brief
The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) provides the first national picture of the involvement of families in the educational development of their secondary-school-age children with disabilities. This Data Brief describes family involvement at home and at school, including a comparison of levels of involvement for families of youth with disabilities with those for families in the general population. It also discusses involvement in a school-based activity that is specific to families of youth with disabilities: participation in individualized education program (IEP) meetings. Finally, parent expectations for their children’s attainment of postsecondary education and independence are highlighted.

High School Graduation Requirements and Students with Disabilities (February 2005)
NCSET Information Brief  
An increasingly common graduation requirement for secondary schools is a passing score on an exit examination. This brief outlines issues and controversies surrounding the use of exit examinations, including the reasons proponents support the use of such exams. The brief also lists some of the intended and unintended consequences of using such exams.

Parenting Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs (April 2002)
NCSET Parent Brief
This parent brief, developed collaboratively by PACER Center and NCSET, discusses the important issues that parents face when their adult child with a disability is moving on to postsecondary education.

Providing a Quality Accommodated Experience in Preparation for and During Postsecondary School (March 2002)
NCSET Information Brief
NCSET’s Information Briefs cover topics of current relevant interest in secondary education and transition, focusing on major trends, developments, and program practices that inform efforts to promote successful learning experiences for youth with disabilities. This brief provides a case example to illustrate the challenges youth with disabilities face without appropriate accommodations. Includes a comparison of minimum and quality accommodations, steps toward a quality accommodated experience, and national resources to support youth, families, and professionals.

Social Security and Undergraduates with Disabilities: An Analysis of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey (October 2004)
NCSET Information Brief  
This brief provides a rich demographic profile of the utilization of postsecondary education by recipients of Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The brief summarizes the results of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey and also provides information about resources for further information.

Supporting Youth With Disabilities to Access and Succeed in Postsecondary Education: Essentials for Educators in Secondary Schools (December 2002)
NCSET Issue Brief
Recent efforts to improve the postsecondary school outcomes of youth with disabilities have focused on curriculum quality and exposure to non-academic opportunities. Of equal importance is ensuring that students with disabilities are active participants in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and understand the differences between secondary and postsecondary school environments, especially in regard to provision of supports, services and accommodations. This brief outlines the differences in assistance determination and provision encountered by youth with disabilities as they transition into postschool environments. It also offers related recommendations on improving the transition process for youth with disabilities.

The Transition Planning Process (April 2005)
NCSET NLTS2 Data Brief
This NLTS2 Data Brief provides a national view of the transition planning process undertaken during high school with and for youth with disabilities as they prepare for life after school. The information reported comes from a mail survey of school personnel conducted as part of the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). Findings from NLTS2 generalize to youth with disabilities nationally who were 13 to 16 years old in December 2000, to each of 12 federal disability categories, and to each age group within the age range.


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