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Technology and Transition in the 21st Century

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TEACHING Exceptional Children Volume 47, Number 6, ISSN 0040-0599


Devices like smartphones, tablets, and MP3 players are becoming everyday tools for the majority of the population. Technology can assist students with disabilities in many self-determination activities, such as choice making, decision making, and self-management. In addition, technology tools can support them in a wide range of transition-related settings, including daily living, postsecondary education, employment, and recreation and leisure. When engaged appropriately, these technologies can have dramatic effects, improving the long-term outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Specifically, various technologies can (1) provide support for response prompting to enhance job-related performance; (2) allow for virtual experiences to teach desired postsecondary skills; and (3) facilitate access to transportation options to desired postsecondary locations. Given the important role of transition in preparing students with disabilities for life after high school, practitioners can take advantage of expanding technology-based supports. As technology continues to advance, the possibilities for increasing the effectiveness of instructional practices and student support will increase. These advances will ultimately improve the ways that transitioning students will be able to live, work, and navigate their communities.


Kellems, R.O., Grigal, M., Unger, D.D., Simmons, T.J., Bauder, D. & Williams, C. (2015). Technology and Transition in the 21st Century. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 47(6), 336-343. Retrieved October 17, 2019 from .

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