The job of education is to prepare young people for a successful future. Within the walls of the United States education system are students with and without disabilities. This research paper focuses on those students with mild and severe disabilities and their protections and options within the school system as well as life transitions post high school. Students with disabilities are categorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and are placed into thirteen different categories in order to protect them as well as provide them with tools and accommodations in order to ensure a successful and meaningful educational experience and set them up for success in the real world. This paper reveals post-secondary school options for students with less severe disabilities as well as transition options such as work experience and community involvement for those with more severe disabilities. Through IDEA young adults with disabilities have been afforded more access to viable options to lead a full and happy life through understanding, accommodations, and legal support.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2017

Senior Project Advisor

Dr. Cindy Clemson

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Educational Studies

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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