AS Teens and BFK Books
Both authors are well placed to to write this book. Yellin is an attorney and the mother of a child of difference and was inspired by her own experiences to create a centre for learning differences. Bertsch has worked as Director od Disabilities at a university and as a counsellor. She also set up and runs a centre to help find supportive colleges for students with different needs...The book is business like and serious in it's approach with no patronising banter; the reader is treated at all times with intelligence and respect. It is apparent from the introduction that the authors understand that disabilities are varied and complex and that each person has their own assets and needs... To start a book with the law is a brave move because most parents find the laws on disability confusing, frustrating and hard to grasp but the chapter is accessible and easy to read. It was also comforting to see an attorney recognise that such laws sound incredibly positive, inclusive and progressive but that the reality behind them, is, for many, not matched by the thetoric... At the end of each sub-section the authors have summarised the text with a few bullet points which I found very useful as it helped me to check that I had understood the text and could easily recall and later find areas of particular relevance to me...The authors help the student to break what can be an over whelming task into a process that narrows the multitude of options down to a functional level so that the student can choose from a small, select list...I would highly recommend this book for the US audience as it appears to cover all aspects of attaining an appropriate education for one's child There are many bits of advice that apply equally to those in Europe but because the laws and services differ across countries some of the information does not translate well. It si clearly written and ordered and for a book focusing, of necessity, so much on the law, it was surprisingly readable. We now need an equivalent book for the UK.
Here, Yellin, attorney and fouder of the nonprofit Center for Learning Differences, and Bertsch (former director, disability svcs., Fordham Univ.) provide students with disabilities and their parents an outstanding and highly readable guide to preparing for and transitioning to life after high school...An excellent resource for students with disabilities and their families; at this price, within reach for most people and libraries. Highly recommended.
"Life After High School" provides guidance to assist disabled young people in their efforts to pursue education, independence, and competency in life skills...This book is a useful resource for helping disabled students and their families plan for continuing education after high school. It addresses the specific needs of physical, mental, and learning disabilities, covering how to work with guidance counselors, how and when to take standarized tests, and the specific attributes that a college or university needs to have to help the disabled learner succeed...Perhaps most valuable is the book's overall approach: it addresses the whole person, and not just the disability.