AbleNet Unveils Next™ Transition Skills System for Helping Students with Disabilities Transition from Childhood to Adulthood

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Next™ Transition Skills System is a district-wide solution that simplifies the process of identifying, teaching and tracking essential transition skills over multiple years, while meeting state standards and federal guidelines for providing transition education to students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder.

We are excited about providing a simple, yet structured system for identifying and addressing a variety of life skills that students of all abilities need to be successful in school, at home, in the community and in vocational settings

AbleNet Inc., today announced the availability of Next™ Transition Skills System -- a comprehensive package that includes all the forms, goals, activities and strategies that special education administrators, transition coordinators, job coaches and teachers need to build and maintain a quality transition program designed to prepare their special education students for life after graduation.

"We are excited about providing a simple, yet structured system for identifying and addressing a variety of life skills that students of all abilities need to be successful in school, at home, in the community and in vocational settings," said AbleNet CEO Jen Thalhuber.

Next™ Transition Skills System removes the uncertainty from the transition skills development process by offering a comprehensive set of transition skills categories, as well as specific topics (rubrics) within each category. It also fosters a common language that ensures constructive and coordinated involvement by parents, teachers, administrators and other team members responsible for each student's IEP (Individualized Education Program).

The Next™ system is intuitive and user friendly. The goal-setting process begins with a simple survey designed to help each IEP team member identify and prioritize broad transition skills categories with a specific student in mind. By collecting this data ahead of time, the IEP meeting can quickly focus on the areas of broad agreement. Once broad categories and specific skills within those categories have been established for the student, the group can use the transition skills to select the specific activities the teacher will work toward and measure during the school year.

According to Jen Thalhuber, "Next is a district-wide solution for creating, maintaining and accessing student records over multiple years. It is designed to be flexible by giving administrators a choice between software-based records, paper-based records, or a combination of both. Our goal is to make the process of identifying, teaching and tracking transition skills as simple as possible."

For more information about Next™ Transition Skills System, visit http://www.ablenetinc.com/next or call AbleNet at 1-800-322-0956.

To learn more about AbleNet and AbleNet products, visit http://www.ablenetinc.com/ .

About AbleNet

AbleNet Inc. offers a complete line of assistive technology products, including communication aids for non-verbal individuals; access aids, such as switches and wheelchair mounting devices for individuals who require physical supports. The company is also recognized as a leader in providing the special education classroom with research-based and evidenced-based special education curricula that meet state and feral mandates and 21st Century classroom ready assistive technology solutions.

Located in Roseville, Minnesota, AbleNet is an ESOP company that provides a variety of products to over 49 countries worldwide. AbleNet's products and programs have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms nationally for more than 20 years. For more information, visit http://www.ablenetinc.com/ .

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