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Student Transition to Employment Project (STEP): Certifying Teachers as Vendors for Transition-Age Students with Developmental Disabilities, West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services

This case study describes a program in West Virginia in which teachers and aides are trained to become certified vendors with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services to help their students transition to work during out-of-school hours. Citation: Vocational

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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

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

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

Transition to Employment: Model Projects Fostering Careers in the Arts for Youth with Disabilities

Report describes six programs designed to help students with disabilities transition to careers in the arts. Citation: VSA: The International Organization on Arts and Disability.  Transition to Employment: Model Projects Fostering Careers in the Arts for Youth with Disabilities.  Accessed

Posted in Career preparation and work-based learning, 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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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

Essential Life Skills for All Teens

This one-page handout lists independent living skills by topic area:  home maintenance, financial literacy, civic participation, technology, food, personal appearance. health, self-determination and management, learning and education, transportation, community access, recreation, employment. Citation Shasta 21st Century Career Connections. Essential Life

Posted in Services and service innovations, Youth development and leadership
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