Every child deserves to have an inclusive education. Work with your school to have a general education curriculum and learn alongside your peers without disabilities. You can accomplish this by having an educational plan, called an IEP, in place. During the transition years, your parents and educators will continue to have input into creating the specific learning objectives for your future. Consider post-secondary education, the development of career and vocational skills as well as the ability to live independently.
Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities
The number and types of options for diplomas vary from state to state. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 has increased the pressure on schools across the country to improve graduation rates for all students, including students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997 require that students with disabilities participate in state and district assessments and that results be reported. These requirements have had an impact on the states, affecting the range of diploma options offered to students. Many states offer multiple diploma options as a strategy to meet the requirements of NCLB and IDEA and to improve school completion rates for students, especially those with disabilities.
- The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
- The Official Website for the State of Florida – Department of Education: Exceptional Student Education
- U.S. Department of Education – The Department of Education provides a list of resources pertaining to the needs of children with disabilities.
- The National Center for Learning Disabilities – The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is committed to ensuring that all students with learning disabilities graduate from high school with a standard diploma – prepared for college and the workplace
- Learning Disabilities Association of America – Since 1964, the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals. Today, the LDA is the largest nonprofit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with disabilities, and provides cutting-edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions and a comprehensive network of resources.
- The School District of Palm Beach County Exceptional Student Education – Transition Services. Cntact Laura Schultze, Program Planner for Transition at (561) 434-8367.
- Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Families walks a family through the process of transitional services.