Whose Future Is It? covers decision making skills, problem solving, negotiation, compromise and leadership, all of which enable students to take a meaningful role in planning for their future. As mandated in IDEA, when transition issues are discussed in the IEP meeting, students must be invited. Whose Future shows students how to contribute to their IEP meetings. It culminates with students writing goals and taking an increasingly active part in their IEP meetings.
Whose Future Is It? conforms to Universal Design features that help students who are not strong readers to self-direct as they work through it. A recent study proves that all students who use this program gain transition knowledge and skills, but those who used technology such as Whose Future Is It? Software show even greater progress.
This product includes a Student Reader, Workbook, Instructor’s Guide, and Software:
- The Student Reader focuses on how the IEP process has vital future applications for students with disabilities. It encourages them to explore self-awareness and master skills like problem solving, decision making, goal setting, and small group communication. The Reader is written at a fourth grade level and is heavily illustrated.
- The Software adds speech and text highlighting to the Student Reader. Text is read by professional narrators and students can click on any word to hear it spoken. A multiple choice comprehension assessment follows each chapter. All student data are stored. The Software can be displayed on a Smart Board for classroom presentations.
- The Workbook features a ton of activities that match Student Reader content. It includes vocabulary instruction, chapter review, planning worksheets, a glossary, and multiple choice questions.
- The Instructor’s Guide combines materials in the Reader and Workbook into a single lesson plan. It includes downloadble PDFs of the Student Reader and Workbook and a customizable Word document of the student worksheets.
15 chapters divided into three sections:
- Section One: Getting to Know Your IEP
Topics include transition services, who attends your IEP meetings, abilities and interests, disability stereotypes, and IEP outcomes.
- Section Two: Decisions and Goals
Topics include options and goals for current school environment, post-secondary education, independent living, employment, and recreation and leisure.
- Section Three: Your IEP Meeting
Topics include self-advocacy, assertiveness, IEP preparation, and how to run your IEP meeting.
Whose Future Is It? Introductory Kit includes one of each of the Student Reader, Workbook, downloadable software (Windows/Mac), and Instructor’s Guide with downloadable PDFs of the Reader and Workbook with a classroom license for printouts.
Whose Future Is It? Classroom Kit includes four Student Readers, eight Workbooks,Software license for one device, and one Instructor’s Guide with downloadable PDFs of the Reader and Workbook with a classroom license for printouts.
Student Reader, spiralbound, 214 pages; Workbook, spiralbound, 186 pages; Instructor's Guide, spiralbound, 2011.
Supporting Research Articles:
Wehmeyer, M.L., Palmer, S.B., Lee, Y., Williams-Diehm, K., & Shogren, K.A. (2011). A randomized-trial evaluation of the effect of Whose Future is it Anyway? on self-determination. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 34(1), 45-56.
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|Subject||IEP Resources, Transition|
|Author||Michael Wehmeyer; Susan Palmer|