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NET Gain No. 27:
Career Education for Special Needs Students
(May 1999)

Career and technical educators must do more with less, do it better and do it faster to improve career education services for special needs students. This "NET Gain" features Web sites with ideas, examples and resources that can help.

California School-to-Work Interagency Transition Partnership
   Click on "It's About Your Life" to view a four-step life-planning process designed for students with disabilities. The site also includes links to organizations that can provide information and assistance. The School-to-Careers Resources page at features "disABILITY-specific" links. A separate disability resources page at contains about 40 links to advocacy and assistive sites.

Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk
   View 30 technical reports relating to early education, elementary, middle and high school interventions, among others. The site also has information on career exploration programs and career academies.

Special Education Resources on the Internet
   This collection of 22 links to special needs topics includes parents and educators' resources at and transition resources at

Policymaker Partnership for Implementing IDEA
   Devoted to the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (IDEA '97), the site has downloadable copies of IDEA '97 regulations, plus briefs and commentaries written by federal employees and other experts in the field. Since IDEA '97 greatly increases academic and career and technical teachers' roles in developing students' Individual Education Plans (IEPs), this site may be of value to all secondary educators.

University of Wisconsin's Center on Education and Work
   Find information about a federally funded project that focuses on two-year colleges that effectively educate special needs students. The site's main page has information about colleges involved in the study as well as numerous links to publications, organizations and resources for career and technical special needs educators.

National Association of Vocational Education Special Needs Personnel
   This affiliate of the Special Needs Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education ( publishes the Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education. The tables of contents for recent issues can be found at

   This "NET Gain" was compiled by John Gugerty (Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison), and David Carlson and Peter Seidman (NCRVE, University of California at Berkeley). An online version of this column is available at Readers are encouraged to let the authors know about any changes in the resources listed, as well as about other resources they find useful.
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