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Friday, December 6 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Special Educators' Assessment of Family Engagement Practices in Transition Planning: Perceived Importance, Extent of Implementation, and Barriers

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The literature has acknowledged family involvement to be critical when developing appropriate transition goals and transition activities for students with significant disabilities. When families are actively involved in the transition planning, better integrated and competitive employment-related outcomes are achieved. Families can serve as valuable consultants, continuous advocates, informants and play critical roles in supporting students with disabilities. Therefore, building relationships and information sharing between families and professionals should be of particular focus within a school's transition program. The presentation will highlight the outcomes of a study that examined the current service delivery of the family engagement practices from the Taxonomy for Transition Programming 2.0 (Kohler, Gothberg, Fowler, & Coyle, 2016). According to the Taxonomy, family engagement involved three areas; family involvement, family empowerment, and family preparation. A survey was disseminated to special educators to determine secondary special educators' perceived importance, degree of implementation, and barriers to implementation of family involvement, family empowerment, and family preparation within a school's transition program. Results and recommendations for practice and further research will also be discussed.

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Katie Barofsky

Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Friday December 6, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm MST
Akimel Ballroom 3

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