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This book is meant to provide practical information for high school-aged youth who have disabilities, and for members of their families. It has many chapters for those planning to attend college, but there is also information about finding a job and adjusting to working. One author, Susan Yellin, is an attorney who operates a non-profit organization whose mission is preparing youth with disabilities for life after high school, and also has three children, one of whom has disabilities. Her co-author is Christina Cacioppo Bertsch, the former Director of Disability Services at Fordham University and currently a consultant in the area of education. The following excerpt from the publisher’s website provides a flavor of the book:

“The authors describe the legal landscape as it applies to students with disabilities in the USA, and how to obtain the proper disability documentation to ensure that the student receives the right support and accommodations in college. Focusing specifically on the issues that affect students with disabilities, they offer advice on everything from dealing with college entrance exams and the college application process, to selecting the right college, visiting the campus, and achieving medical and financial independence away from home. A list of further resources guides students and their families towards additional sources of information and support, and stories of students with disabilities who have made the transition from high school to further education or the workplace are included throughout.”

Chapter titles:

1. The Legal Landscape

2. Getting Started

3. What's a Disability?

4. Creating a Paper Trail

5. Standardized Testing

6. Selecting a College

7. Application Advice

8. The Campus Visit

9. It's Off to Work We Go

10. Medical Management without Mom

11. Keys to Competence

12. Pulling it all Together

13. Money Matters

Excerpt and chapter titles copied from publisher's web site on 9/22/2010

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