Synopsis: For young people with disabilities, crossing the bridge to adulthood will be empowering instead of intimidating-when their support teams know the essentials of effective transition planning. Now all the fundamentals of well-crafted transition plans are collected in one concise quick-guide, straight from one of the top authorities on helping young people live fulfilling adult lives. The keystone of an innovative new series of practical transition guides, this down-to-earth guidebook is a must for educators, service providers, and all others navigating the complex process of transition planning. With their clear research-based guidance, vivid examples, and ready-to-use checklists and tools (see box), Paul Wehman and a select group of expert contributors help readers: plan transition at both individual and community levels; develop individualized curricula; strengthen students' academic and functional skills; improve access to the general curriculum; write and implement effective transition IEPs; overcome barriers to service coordination; engage students with more significant support needs; make the most of community agencies and resources; determine eligibility for vocational services and funding; choose from vocational support service delivery models; support students who pursue higher education; conduct assessment and ongoing monitoring of student progress; promote family involvement; understand relevant law and policy. To make key concepts come to life, the book gives readers realistic case studies of students with a range of disabilities, analyzing both success stories and situations in which a different approach could have led to better outcomes. And with the "fast facts" in every chapter, readers will have quick insights from current research to inform their students' transition plans. An invaluable one-stop guide to the basics of transition planning, this book is a must-own for anyone supporting young people with disabilities as they navigate life beyond the classroom. Includes practical tools such as: "My Future" worksheet; Transition Planning checklist; Post-High School Services checklist; Academic and Career Plan form; Social Competencies worksheet; Employment Exploration activity form; College Discussion worksheet; Job Observational Self-Assessment form and more! This book is Volume I in The Brookes Transition to Adulthood Series-a new series of short, research-to-practice guidebooks developed for all professionals helping young people with disabilities lead successful, fulfilling adult lives.