1 x 3-hour workshop weekly
1 x 2-hour on-line exercises weekly
1 x 2-hour on-line lecture weekly
Assumed knowledge
It is assumed that students will have considerable knowledge of effective teaching and support strategies for people with a range of disabilities.
Assignments; Tests; Tutorial Participation
Topic description
This topic will explore the ways in which people with diverse learning needs, including a range of disabilities, may be supported in the transition from school to adult life. A major focus will be on promoting the self-determination of young people with disabilities and providing them with information and experiences that will enable them to identify pathways that allow them to achieve maximum independence in the community with regard to post-school activities and interests. Important areas covered will include pathways to post-secondary education, exploring employment options and experiences, and identifying leisure and recreational options that will promote maximum independence and community involvement.
Educational aims
This aim of this topic is to:

  • Introduce students to models of best practice when supporting people with disability to transition to adult life in the post-school years

  • Explore current social, familial and systemic issues that impact on transition outcomes for people with disability

  • Introduce students to the principles of transition planning to create increased opportunities for young people to connect to adult services

  • Explore social implications of transitional changes at different life stages.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of the topic students will be able to:

  1. Critically discuss key concepts associated with transition to adulthood for people with a disability including: transition models and theories, self-determination, autonomy and the importance of collaboration in transition planning.

  2. Identify and discuss the challenges to the successful post-school transition outcomes of young people with a disability

  3. Communicate strategies to promote improved outcomes and address challenges in transition for young people in the post-school years

  4. Apply transition planning processes for a young person with a disability.