- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (September 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849058288
- ISBN-13: 978-1849058285
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Life After High School: A Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Families
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This book was awarded Bronze Medals as Best Education Book of the Year by both ForeWord Reviews (Book of the Year Awards) and the Independent Publishers Association (IPPY Awards).
There are myriad accommodations that colleges and, to a lesser extent, work sites are required to make for people with disabilities, yet navigating the process can be daunting. Here, Yellin, attorney and founder of the nonprofit Center for Learning Differences, and Bertsch (former director, disability svcs., Fordham Univ.) provide students with disabilities and their parents an outstanding and highly readable guide to preparing for and transitioning to life after high school. They start by examining the legal landscape and cover defining a disability and creating a paper trail to document the disability and previous accommodations. They move on to college-entrance exams, how to select a college, and the admissions process, and then discuss the transition to full-time work. There is also a chapter devoted to dealing with medical issues without mom. The book ends with a useful list of resources, organized by topic, for further information. Verdict An excellent resource for students with disabilities and their families; at this price, within reach for most people and libraries. Highly recommended. --Library Journal
This book is a useful resource for helping disabled students and their families plan for continuing education after high school. It addresses the specific needs of physical, mental, and learning disabilities, covering how to work with guidance counselors, how and when to take standardized tests, and the specific attributes that a college or university needs to have to help the disabled learner succeed....Perhaps most valuable is the book s overall approach: it addresses the whole person, and not just the disability. The chapters discussing competency are particularly helpful; they discuss not only how to get special accommodations in class, but address issues like money management, personal hygiene, and sex. Every parent hopes that his or her child will grow up to have a full and fulfilling life. The information and advice presented in Life After High School will be a key resource in making this happen for the disabled child. --ForeWord Magazine
Both authors are well placed to to write this book. Yellin is an attorney and the mother of a child of difference and was inspired by her own experiences to create a centre for learning differences. Bertsch has worked as Director od Disabilities at a university and as a counsellor. She also set up and runs a centre to help find supportive colleges for students with different needs...The book is business like and serious in it's approach with no patronising banter; the reader is treated at all times with intelligence and respect. It is apparent from the introduction that the authors understand that disabilities are varied and complex and that each person has their own assets and needs... To start a book with the law is a brave move because most parents find the laws on disability confusing, frustrating and hard to grasp but the chapter is accessible and easy to read. It was also comforting to see an attorney recognise that such laws sound incredibly positive, inclusive and progressive but that the reality behind them, is, for many, not matched by the thetoric... At the end of each sub-section the authors have summarised the text with a few bullet points which I found very useful as it helped me to check that I had understood the text and could easily recall and later find areas of particular relevance to me...The authors help the student to break what can be an over whelming task into a process that narrows the multitude of options down to a functional level so that the student can choose from a small, select list...I would highly recommend this book for the US audience as it appears to cover all aspects of attaining an appropriate education for one's child There are many bits of advice that apply equally to those in Europe but because the laws and services differ across countries some of the information does not translate well. It si clearly written and ordered and for a book focusing, of necessity, so much on the law, it was surprisingly readable. We now need an equivalent book for the UK. (AS Teens and BFK Books)
Here, Yellin, attorney and fouder of the nonprofit Center for Learning Differences, and Bertsch (former director, disability svcs., Fordham Univ.) provide students with disabilities and their parents an outstanding and highly readable guide to preparing for and transitioning to life after high school...An excellent resource for students with disabilities and their families; at this price, within reach for most people and libraries. Highly recommended. (Library Journal)
"Life After High School" provides guidance to assist disabled young people in their efforts to pursue education, independence, and competency in life skills...This book is a useful resource for helping disabled students and their families plan for continuing education after high school. It addresses the specific needs of physical, mental, and learning disabilities, covering how to work with guidance counselors, how and when to take standarized tests, and the specific attributes that a college or university needs to have to help the disabled learner succeed...Perhaps most valuable is the book's overall approach: it addresses the whole person, and not just the disability. (ForeWord Reviews)
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But not all students go on to college or other formal programs. The chapters on choosing and applying to schools will only be relevant to some readers. At least three chapters are devoted to continued education - and again, this is not a long book.
Part of the challenge with the book is triyng to address the varied needs of students with disabilities. One example in the book focuses on a dyslexic student who hated high school but does eventually go to community college. Some parents and students might find that situation relevant. Others may well feel that it has no connection or useful input for their situations, especially if their son or daughter has graduated high school but is ready to go straight to work.
Returning to the point about general information in this book: the broad topics are ones which many college bound students will face. These include: finding work ( perhaps with accommodations) , transitioning from school to independence, medical responsibility, further education, lists of resources, where to live, etc. As for specific situations and accommodations, students and parents will have to come up with those details themselves.
The authors devote most, and by a long shot, of this book to helping prepare a disabled teen for college, offering useful advice for those for whom college may be an option. This is where the book will prove useful for parents concerned about transitioning their disabled children to the next phases of their lives.
But what about for those teens who may be too disabled to attend college or elect not to? Here is where the book really falls short, with scant emphasis on developing work skills, capitalizing on what some might consider a disability as an asset for the workplace, or any useful references about businesses or companies that actually do hire and mentor disabled teens. (Yes, we all know there are laws about discriminating against disabled persons, just like there are laws about allowing oil companies to spews millions of gallons of oil into our oceans.)
Certainly having the resources listed here in one place proves useful, but no more so than the sort of sleuthing one might do online with a search engine.
Written by women who have helped many high school graduates with disabilities that ran the spectrum (learning, emotional, medical, and physical, etc) successfully transition into college, trade school, or the workplace, this book calls attention to what those challenges are and the tools available to teenagers with disabilities and their families for working through those challenges.
The first tool is a set of laws that give the disabled and their advocates legal support for seeking reasonable accommodations to help the disabled achieve his or her potential in school and in the workplace. The authors identify the major laws that readers need to become familiar with (they cover only a handful of the really important ones so no need to run for cover thinking you'll need to learn so many of them!), and explain, in simple language, what they do and do not mandate.
Other tools come in the form of empowering knowledge about services that government agencies, educational institutions, and testing organizations can provide to the disabled, how to engage or apply for such services in a timely fashion, what documentation may be required to ensure that requests for accommodations or services are legitimate, and what mistakes to avoid.
Perhaps the most important advice the authors can impart to disabled teenagers and their families journeying through this rite of passage is the one they echo throughout the book: to the fullest extent possible, the disabled teenager must learn how to become his or her own best advocate, by becoming in touch with him or her self, taking responsibility for his or her own well-being, and not letting people speak for him or her whenever possible. Yes, this can be difficult, but some of the stories told in this guide about how some disabled teenagers were able to do this with thoughtful support from their families can serve as useful, perhaps even inspiring, blueprints.
Overall, I thought this guide covers a lot of grounds, is easy to read, and provides plenty of resources for follow-on research. The disabilities covered are diverse, and the discussions about issues arising from such disabilities and their potential remedies are thoughtful and helpful, but always realistic.