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What Works, When, for Whom, and With Whom: A Meta-Analytic Review of Predictors of Postsecondary Success for Students with Disabilities

This article presents a meta-analysis of 1984-2010 studies of in-school predictors of postsecondary employment, education, and independent living of youth with disabilities. The meta-analysis includes multistakeholder collaboration as a predictor of postsecondary outcomes. Citation Haber, M.G., Mazzotti, V.L., Mustian, A.L.,

Posted in Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations

Factors Associated with Enhanced Knowledge and Use of Secondary Transition Evidence-Based Practices

This article presents research on the access of high school special educators and direct service transition professionals to resources and training on evidence-based practices in transition. Citation:  Plotner, A.J., Mazzotti, V.L., Rose, C.A., Carlson-Britting K.B. (2015). Factors Associated with Enhanced

Posted in Professional development for support staff, Research and evaluation reports, Training and technical assistance

Trends in Employment Outcomes of Youth and Young Adults, 2006-2013

This report summarizes the employment and economic outcomes for young adults with intellectual disabilities between 2006 and 2013 in the nation’s 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC). Data are reported separately for two age groups: 16 to 21 years old,

Posted in Employment outcome data, National level resources, Research and evaluation reports

What is Discovery?

This brief describes research conducted by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in the Employment of People with Physical Disabilities to define components of customized employment.  It reports findings on 11 core components of discovery. Citation Inge, K & Graham,

Posted in Research and evaluation reports, Service planning and coordination, Services and service innovations

An Evaluation of Risk Factors Related to Employment Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities

This study uses data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS-2) to identify the non-programmatic characteristics of groups of youth with disabilities with poor employment outcomes six years after exiting high school. Citation: Sima, Adam P., Paul H. Wehman,

Posted in Employment outcome data, National level resources, Research and evaluation reports

Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals

This article reports the consensus of field experts on operational definitions and essential program characteristics associated with research-based predictors of successful transition of students with disabilities from high school. The purpose is to aid in the implementation of research findings

Posted in Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations, Transition planning in schools

Facilitating Employment Opportunities for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disability Through Parents and Social Networks

This is a qualitative study, based in Ontario, Canada, of the employment experiences of individuals with IDD. The study demonstrates the importance of parents, other family members and informal networks in finding and sustaining employment. It also explores the implications

Posted in Family Involvement, Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations

An Exploratory Investigation into Family Perspectives After the Family Employment Awareness Training

This article reports on a mixed methods evaluation of the Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) program.  It examines two outcomes: family utilization of competitive employment resources following FEAT and employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. Citation: Francis, Grace L.,

Posted in Employment outcome data, Family Involvement, Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations

Longitudinal Outcomes of Project SEARCH in Upstate New York

Reports on longitudinal analysis of Project SEARCH impacts on participants’ employment. Citation Julie J. Christensen, Hetherington S., Dastonb M., Riehle E. (2015). Longitudinal Outcomes of Project SEARCH in Upstate New York, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, vol. 42, p. 247–255. Link to resource

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Posted in Employment outcome data, Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations

Expectations from Different Perspectives on Future Work Outcome of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Purpose: Expectations strongly influence future employment outcomes and social networks seem to mediate employment success of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The aim of this study is to examine the expectations of young adults with intellectual and developmental

Posted in Employment outcome data, Family Involvement, Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations
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