With spring break behind us, the next milestone for most high school seniors is graduation. Many upcoming graduates throughout the valley have probably secured the next step in their journey. They may have already been accepted into a college or university or know where they are going to be employed.
For the approximate 10 to 13 percent of students with disabilities and their parents or caregivers, the path may not be as secure. These students, with the help of special education programs, teachers and tutors, have followed their peers through 12 grades of public school and now face a less certain future. One educator put it well: For years, many of these families were only able to concentrate on what was going to happen the next day. They didn’t have the luxury of planning for the future. Now, with graduation day upon them, many decisions are imminent.