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Transition Strategies for Adolescents and Young Adults Who Use AAC
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.
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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
Throughout the book, guidance from top experts is woven together with the personal stories of young adults who use AAC, shedding light on the challenges of transition and the research-based strategies that lead to positive outcomes. A much-needed resource for transition and employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and special education teachers, this groundbreaking book will help professionals prepare young people who use AAC for successful adult lives—in school, at work, and in the community.
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Review by: Cary Griffin & Dave Hammis, Senior Partners, Griffin-Hammis Associates
"The authors transcend most books focused on this age group by addressing the whole person, and by moving transition planning away from simple compliance and paperwork to the impacts of real-life outcomes."
Review by: Colleen A. Thoma, Director, Doctoral Programs, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education, Richmond
"Uses concrete examples, case studies, and step by step instruction to provide the kind of guidance that transition teams need to tailor their individualized transition planning for students and young adults who use AAC."
Review by: Kathryn M. Yorkston, Professor and Head Division of Speech Pathology, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
"Fills an important gap in the literature between school-based services and those provided in the adult community. It provides a wealth of practical information about a wide range of topics vital to service providers and their adolescent clients with complex communication needs."
Review by: Carolyn Hughes, Vanderbilt University
"A much-needed book addressing individuals too long neglected in the secondary transition literature . . . packed with up-to-date research, lively case examples, and down-to-earth how-to strategies. This is a must-have book."
Review by: Richard Luecking, TransCen, Inc., Rockville, Maryland
"This comprehensive text covers virtually all aspects of the often complex process of transition to adult life for young people who use augmentative and alternative communication. It is an outstanding resource."
Series Editors and Editorial Advisory Board
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Bruce R. Baker
I. Foundations for Successful Transitions
- Supporting Successful Transitions to Adult Life for Individuals Who Use AAC
David B. McNaughton & Pamela Kennedy
- Self-Determination and Young Adults Who Use AAC
David B. McNaughton, Tracy Rackensperger, Michael L. Wehmeyer, & Sandra Wright
II. Education and Transition Programs
- Literacy Instruction For Transition-Age Youth Who Use AAC: What Is And What Could Be
Beth E. Foley & Julie A. Wolter
- Making School Matter: Supporting Meaningful Secondary Experiences for Adolescents Who Use AAC
Erik W. Carter & John Draper
III. Employment and Volunteer Programs
- Post-High School Transition Supports and Programs in Postsecondary Education for Young Adults Who Use AAC
Christy A. Horn & Randy Joe May
- Developing Skills, "Making a Match," and Obtaining Needed Supports: Successful Employment for Individuals Who Use AAC
David B. McNaughton, Anthony Arnold, Sam Sennott, & Elizabeth Serpentine
IV. Relationships and Social Engagement
- "Activity Brings Community into Our Lives": Recreation, Leisure, and Community Participation for Individuals Who Use AAC
John Dattilo, Elizabeth Benedek-Wood, & Lateef McLeod
- The Language of Love: Sexuality and People Who Use AAC
V. Living in Society
- Preparing Youth Who Use AAC to Communicate with Their Personal Assistants
Barbara Collier & Hazel Self
- Medical and Health Transitions for Young Adults Who Use AAC
Sue Balandin & Annalu Waller
VI. Assessment and Intervention in AAC with Teens and Adults
- AAC Considerations During the Transition to Adult Life
Laura J. Ball, Korey Stading, & Denise Hazelrigg