Date Approved

4-30-2007

Embargo Period

3-30-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Xin, Joy F.

Subject(s)

High school graduates; Students with disabilities

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the transition of high school students with disabilities after graduation, including their satisfaction with their preparedness for college, vocational school, employment options, and independent living, and the school's transition plan and services. A total of 125 high school graduates with disabilities, in the past five years, were included in this study and 50 were randomly selected for a phone interview to obtain their responses in detail. In this study, the effect of a student's transition plan and services was evaluated by the percentage of graduates attending college after high school and their satisfactory level. Findings indicated that most graduates were employed in hourly rate jobs and living at home with family members. Graduates attended two-year colleges were satisfied with their transition plan and services received at their high school.

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