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Their Time Has Come: Youth with Disabilities on the Cusp of Adulthood

Their Time Has Come: Youth with Disabilities on the Cusp of Adulthood (Paperback)

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The lives of youth with disabilities have changed radically in the past fifty years. Youth who are coming of age right now are the first generation to receive educational services throughout childhood and adolescence. Disability policies have opened up opportunities to youth, and they have responded by getting higher levels of education than ever before. Yet youth with disabilities often still face major obstacles to independence. In Their Time Has Come, Valerie Leiter argues that there are crucial missing links between federal disability policies and the lives of young people. Youth and their parents struggle to gather information about the resources that disability policies have created, and youth are not typically prepared to use their disability rights effectively. Her argument is based on thorough examination of federal disability policy and interviews with young people with disabilities, their parents, and rehabilitation professionals. Attention is given to the diversity of expectations, the resources available to them, and the impact of federal policy and public and private attitudes on their transition to adulthood.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentCentral government policiesLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsSocial lawDisability & the lawPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesDisability: social aspectsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial welfare & social servicesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociology Publisher: Rutgers University Press Publication Date: 15/01/2012 ISBN-13: 9780813552484  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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VALERIE LEITER is an associate professor of sociology and the chair of the department of sociology at Simmons College. She is the coeditor of Health and Health Care as Social Problems and The Sociology of Health & Illness: Critical Perspectives, ninth edition.

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