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Careers for Students with Special Educational Needs

Perspectives on Development and Transitions from the Asia-Pacific Region

  • Mantak Yuen
  • Wendi Beamish
  • V. Scott H. Solberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Issues in Career Development and Transitions

  3. Strategies for Personnel Preparation, Parent Education, and Disability-Specific Issues

  4. Effective Policies, Programs, and Approaches for Career Development and Transitions in the Asia-Pacific Region

About this book


This book addresses in detail a range of issues in connection with preparing individuals with disabilities or other special needs for gaining employment and planning a career path beyond school. It presents strategies for personnel preparation, parent education, effective programs for career development and transitions, policies and policy research, and useful tools for assessment and intervention. The clear explanations of essential theories, research findings, policies, and practices for career development ensure that readers gain a deeper understanding of all the issues involved. Most importantly, they will learn several strategies that can be used to prepare students for employment within global and Asia-Pacific regional contexts.


Career Development Career Counselling Parent Education Staff Training Students with Special Educational Needs Individuals with Disabilities Personnel Preparation

Editors and affiliations

  • Mantak Yuen
    • 1
  • Wendi Beamish
    • 2
  • V. Scott H. Solberg
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Hong KongHong KongChina
  2. 2.Griffith UniversityMt GravattAustralia
  3. 3.Boston UniversityBostonUSA

About the editors

Dr. Mantak Yuen is an Associate Professor and Director of the Laboratory/Program for Creativity and Talent Development of the Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education, in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. He has worked as a secondary school teacher and an educational psychologist in the Special Education Section of the Hong Kong Government Education Bureau. He is a Fellow of Hong Kong Psychological Society and Fellow of the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association. He received the Faculty Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award.  He coordinates the HKU Faculty of Education M.Ed. course in Guidance and Counselling as well as in Gifted Education and Talent Development. He served as the Director of the Doctor of Education Program (2014-2019). His academic and professional interests focus on guidance and counselling, life skills and talent development, gifted education, positive psychology, and special needs education. He is a prolific writer who has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and has edited more than 10 journal special issues and books. His work has been published in Journal of Vocational Behavior, International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, The Counseling Psychologist, and School Psychology.

Dr. Wendi Beamish is a special educator with 45 years of experience in the field of special education and early childhood intervention. She is a Senior Lecturer in Special Needs at the School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, and Program Director of the online Graduate Certificate in Special Needs Education. Her research interests focus on recommended teacher practice in the areas of autism, educational transitions, early intervention, positive behavioural support, social-emotional competence, and inclusive education. 

V. Scott H. Solberg is a Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development at the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development.  Dr. Solberg is working internationally and nationally on the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective career development programs and services, especially for high-need youth populations, including youth with disabilities. His research regarding the nature and promise of Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs), in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, is shaping the career development implementation policies and practices in the United States and around the world. This research is summarized in his recent book Making School Relevant with Individualized Learning Plans: Helping Students Create Their Own Career and Life Goals (Harvard Education Press). 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Careers for Students with Special Educational Needs
  • Book Subtitle Perspectives on Development and Transitions from the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Editors Mantak Yuen
    Wendi Beamish
    V. Scott H. Solberg
  • Series Title Advancing Inclusive and Special Education in the Asia-Pacific
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advancing Inclusive and Special Education in the Asia-Pacific
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-4442-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-4445-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-4443-9
  • Series ISSN 2524-8219
  • Series E-ISSN 2524-8227
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 326
  • Number of Illustrations 15 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Professional & Vocational Education
    Educational Psychology
    Sociology of Education
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