Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A New Book

We're delighted to announce that a new book, co-authored by Susan Yellin, Esq.,our own Director of Advocacy and Transition Services,  is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com .

Life After High School: A Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Families, by Susan Yellin and Christina Cacioppo Bertsch will be published in August by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.Hear what the publisher has to say:
Graduating high school and moving on to further education or the workplace brings with it a whole new set of challenges, and this is especially true for students with disabilities -- from learning difficulties, to attention problems, to physical, medical, and neurological disabilities. In Life After High School authors Susan Yellin and Christina Cacioppo Bertsch provide a complete overview of the issues such students and their families will need to consider, and outline the key skills they will need in order to succeed once they get there, using the experiences of students they have encountered in their work. “We hope to help students better understand their rights, responsibilities, and options as they move on to further education or the workplace—and help provide the tools they will need to succeed once they get there.”

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides that every high school student with disabilities is entitled to a free appropriate public education. So it can come as a real shock for students and families to learn that IDEA and its rights and protections no longer apply once a student has graduated. Yellin, an attorney, and Bertsch, a former College Disability Services Director, understand this dilemma and sympathize with parents who face it. “Imagine always taking a trip by car, then suddenly being told you can no longer travel by car. All travel must be by air or train—with new rules, restrictions and fares. Frustrating? Confusing? Absolutely. This is what many families of students with disabilities feel when they leave behind the legal protections and procedures of high school.”

In their exceptional new book, Life After High School: A Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Families [August 2010, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 272 pages, paperback, 978-1-84905-828-5, $19.95] Yellin and Bertsch, provide an unparalleled informative guide, complete with extensive information about resources for students and parents who may be confused, worried and unsure of what to do next. They have written an essential handbook for students with disabilities and their families, designed to make the transition to life after high school as easy and painless as possible. “There is no single correct path for an effective transition, but the steps we have outlined can make the process smoother and can land students at their next destination with the skills and knowledge to be successful.”

“We’ve written this book to help answer the many questions that students, families, and their advisors have asked us over the years,” write Yellin and Bertsch. “We hope to give the reader a unique perspective on transitioning to life after high school, and we aim to make this book a good, useful reading experience.”

Susan Yellin is an attorney and founder of The Center for Learning Differences, a New York-based nonprofit organization that runs an annual Life After High School program for students with disabilities. She is also head of the Advocacy and Transition team at the Yellin Center for Student Success, which provides educational evaluations and support for students of all ages. She and her husband, Dr. Paul Yellin, have three sons, one of whom has complex learning and medical issues, and all of whom have made the transition from high school. Christina Cacioppo Bertsch is the former Director of Disability Services for Fordham University in New York and the founder of CCB Educational Consulting Corp. where she works as a college counselor to students with a wide range of disabilities. In her private practice, Christina helps to identify supportive college settings and assists students with standardized test accommodations, applications, interview preparation, and self advocacy training. Christina and her husband, a high school administrator and supervisor of guidance, have two daughters.

For further information or for a review copy, please contact:

Katelynn Bartleson, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA. Tel: (215) 922-1161; Fax: (215) 922-1474; email: katelynn.bartleson@jkp.com

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