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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Parent Survey on Transition - Salem State University

From Salem State University

January 6, 2016

NOTE: Yesterday we received the following letter from Angel Richmond, a graduate student in occupational therapy at Salem State University. She is conducting survey research as to how well (or not) transitioning adolescents with disabilities are being prepared for adult life. As many of you know, NESCA has long aspired to leadership in providing transition consultation, planning, services and support. We encourage you to respond with feedback as to your experiences here and in school.



I am a graduate-level occupational therapy student at Salem State University (SSU). Part of the graduate program at SSU is to write and conduct a research project.

My proposed question is whether transitioning adolescents with disabilities are prepared for adult roles in work, transportation, meal preparation, and social/peer relationships.

I am hoping to reach as many Special Education Parent Advisory Council and other groups as possible.

The data will be collected through a parental survey, and is exclusively for parents/guardians to report their perceptions of the adolescent's readiness to transition from high school into adult roles. The survey is available in English and Spanish, and posted on the website Survey Monkey.

The survey has parental information and consent imbedded within the introduction. It is hoped that the results of the survey will inform special educators and occupational therapy practitioners how to better assist parents and adolescents during the transition process.

Here are the links:

English Speakers

This research is being presented at a conference in March, so the survey will close at the end of January.

This project has received Institutional Review Board approval through Salem State University. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the study.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Angel Richmond, COTA/L, OTS


NESCA Transition Services

Transition is the process, ideally beginning at age 14 if not sooner and extending through high school graduation and beyond, by which an adolescent or young adult masters the life skills necessary to function independently in post-secondary school or the workplace. NESCA offers complete transition assessment (including testing and community-based observation), planning and consultation services, coordinated by Kelley Challen, Ed.M., CAS.

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