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High School/High Tech Program Guide: A Comprehensive Transition Program Promoting Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for Youth with Disabilities

September 15, 2011 Publication

Recognized as one of the most successful strategies for assisting youth with disabilities as they transition from high school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education and employment, High School/High Tech (HS/HT) has evolved from a small program in a few localities that focused on exposing youth with disabilities to technology-related careers to a comprehensive program of transition services.  Through an array of activities identified in the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth’s (NCWD/Youth) Guideposts for Success, HS/HT exposes youth with disabilities to careers in science, technology, engineering and math and encourages them to pursue postsecondary education to prepare for such careers.

 This Program Guide is an updated and much expanded version of the HS/HT Program Manual produced in 2003.  As HS/HT has spread to numerous states (e.g., CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MI, MN, OH, OK, PA, SC and TX), the experiences of these programs and the resultant evolution of the program from a locally-administered and implemented program to a state-administered and locally-implemented program have produced a wealth of additional information about the HS/HT program model.  As a result, the newly released HS/HT Program Guide is full of information and materials used by the HS/HT programs throughout the country. This guide can be used by existing HS/HT programs for program improvement and expansion, and by new and developing programs to guide their implementation efforts.

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