Today, I thought I'd start getting into the rhythm of doing book reviews regarding transition. I read 1-2 books a week regarding the topic, and like to check out books regarding career development, career counseling, self-advocacy for students with learning disabilities, and college success for students with learning disabilities.
This book title popped up in a suggested title, and I thought that it hit on several interesting points that I've been researching.
Overall: I felt this book was a motivating reference for parents/teachers/guidance counselors who are looking for new ways to frame college for students with learning disabilities. There was a hearty discussion about the laws that govern their college experience, and some good "real talk" advice points for students.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Adding to Transition Library? Yes
Table Of Contents:
Chapter 1 ~ Getting There (Self-Advocacy and Transition Planning for College, Things to Know Before Applying, Tips for Students, Tips for Parents, Tips for Guidance Counselors)
Chapter 2 ~ Staying There: Self-Advocacy in College (Three Things To Know, Goal Planning, Developing and Building Study Skills, Tips for Students, Tips for Parents, Tips for Guidance Counselors)
Chapter 3 ~ Making It in the World (Is Grad School in the Future? Self-Advocacy, Finding the Road to Success When You Can't Read the Directions, Accommodations in the Workplace, There's More to Life Than Work, Tips for Students, Tips for Parents, Tips for Guidance Counselors, Resources)
Quotes I loved:
- "When you leave high school and get to college, everything changes. You have rights, but you don't have entitlements. When you were in high school, you didn't really have a choice about being identified as a student with learning disabilities. The school was responsible for identifying you as a student with a specific educational diagnosis and label, for providing all necessary testing and an IEP, and for ensuring that you received the special education services specified in your IEP. Once you leave high school, you don't have to tell anyone that you're a student with learning disabilities" (136).
- "Much of formal education attempts to make students with learning disabilities less different, more like everyone else, more like the norm. I don't know about you, but I don't aspire to shooting for the middle" (III)
My favorite parts:
This book was an interesting read as a teacher, because I focus usually on work with so many of our students. This doesn't come out of principle, but more of what we've observed with many of our students who matriculate to junior colleges. Currently, several of our former students are failing at the junior college level, and we're trying to see what we can do to support students in this transition.
My major takeaway from this text was the implications of the law change from IDEA --> ADA once a student goes to college. It's a lot less hand holding, and a lot more self-advocacy. Colleges are also given the right to decide what accommodations are appropriate and what the content benchmarks are for each course.
The author has done a lot of work with encouraging students with disabilities to attend college, and he provides several useful and practical projects for students. One is for high school students to go step-by-step through their psychoevaluation reports to understand what their strengths and weaknesses are. He also discusses the importance of routine and provides a sample time management tool.
I look forward to being able to frame college in a more accurate life for our students, and to discuss the importance of self-advocacy as they make this next crucial step. I am in the midst of trying to connect with the disability resource counselors at our two closest community colleges to identify any vulnerabilities we can work on at the high school level. The work is never done, but each day I feel a little closer!
What do you do at your school to help the transition to junior college or 4 year colleges? Have you found success with anything particular? I would love to hear your thoughts!