“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”

Robert M. Hutchins

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AGING OUT OF C.S.E. – graduating and transition time…

March 16th, 2011

I received an interesting email this week and the question is an important one:

“Our son David is scheduled to graduate from Summit school this coming June.  Because of all the support and special education he has received, he has passed either Regents exams or RCT exams and therefore qualifies for a real high school diploma.  Yet, because of all of David’s issues he can’t attend a regular college and we found a special education post high school program that offers support, small classes and life skills.  It is not a degree program and we were told that there were several students whose school districts were funding or contributing towards the tuition.  Are we eligible for this once he graduates from Summit?”

The quick answer is only if you are willing to sacrifice David’s  receiving a true and genuine high school diploma.  New York State Commissioner’s Regulations state that a child is eligible to receive a free appropriate public education until the end of the school year in which the student turns twenty-one (21) or until receipt of a regular high school diploma. Since David is eligible to receive a regular high school diploma this June, as soon as he does so, he is no longer eligible for services from your school district. You might explore what if any services he can receive from VESID, but it is highly unlikely that he will receive funding for this program.  (www.vesid.nysed.gov)

This question opens a larger issue and one that continues to haunt parents – WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?  The first publication of my career was in 1982 when I co-authored and published a book with that exact title.  It was a parent handbook of programs and services for the learning disabled.  The book was revised in 1984 and again in 1986.  I stopped working on it when I went to law school.  The times have certainly changed and post high school opportunities are as varied as the students they serve.  All of the private special education schools consult with parents about ex-missions and the network of special college programs and independent living programs continues to grow.  As the autistic population ages the need for group homes and supervised living arrangements grows.  These programs are harder to find and to gain entry to.  They are usually under the auspices of Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (www.opwdd.ny.gov).

I am happy to answer questions like these both in your emails and as blog postings.