Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

Transition Planning and Programming: Empowerment Through Partnership

Author: Marita M. Danek, Ph.D., and Howard Busby, Ph.D.

This paper addresses transition planning and programming for deaf and hard of hearing youth as a broad and longitudinal process that begins at an early age. Through a developmental progression of experiences and activities, students are equipped with skills for economic self-sufficiency; self-determination; and interpersonal, educational, vocational, social, and leisure pursuits. The authors propose 18 premises that describe how parents, schools, and other stakeholders can work together with students to foster an effective transition process.

This is a Sharing Ideas paper. The “Sharing Ideas” series comprises working or occasional papers of interest to parents and professionals working with deaf and hard of hearing children. Works in the series are often prepared for a specific ‘occasion’ and include papers, presentations, or final reports that address a need in the field or contribute to the growing body of knowledge about educating deaf and hard of hearing children. The intent of the series is to act as a clearinghouse for sharing information from a number of sources.

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