Framing the Transition Issues: “Take One Giant Step.” “Mother May I?” We all go through transitions; from moving to a new city, to buying a house, to getting married or divorced, to having children, to changing jobs, to graduating from high school. Although there are similarities within all transitions, in this newsletter we will focus on the transition from high ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 1998
Framing the Transition Issues: “Take One Giant Step.” “Mother May I?”
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Melanie Fried-Oken
    Assistive Technology Program, Oregon Institute on Disability and Development, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland
  • Hank Bersani
    Assistive Technology Program, Oregon Institute on Disability and Development, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Articles
Article   |   February 01, 1998
Framing the Transition Issues: “Take One Giant Step.” “Mother May I?”
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 1998, Vol. 7, 3. doi:10.1044/aac7.1.3
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 1998, Vol. 7, 3. doi:10.1044/aac7.1.3
We all go through transitions; from moving to a new city, to buying a house, to getting married or divorced, to having children, to changing jobs, to graduating from high school. Although there are similarities within all transitions, in this newsletter we will focus on the transition from high school to the adult community for the student using augmented communication. What transitions does that student experience? After high school, they move to employment; they move to new living situations; they move to new school settings (usually to higher education); they move to greater independence from childhood supports; and they move from the school system as their primary contact, to the adult service system as their primary contact. The concept of self-determination becomes essential during their transitions, since they must learn to rely on themselves more for adequate decision making.
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