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MS in Special Education




Students labeled as having ID have long been the forgotten students in our schools. For generations they were thought to be "unteachable." Every individual deserves a free and appropriate education to achieve success after graduation. This paper will explain what the post-school outcomes are for this population of students and how schools are preparing students for success. There are certain indicators of whether a student will be successful after graduation: transition planning, family involvement in transition planning, and students having learned self-determination skills. This paper will explore how teachers and families can ensure that these indicators are all being achieved. There have been multiple educational programs set up to achieve the best results for this population, and the positives and the negatives of certain programs will be addressed. An in-depth study into a private school will examine what professionals in the field are doing to ensure success for students with ID.

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