This issue brief summarizes the design and results of a survey-based study that examined predictors of post-secondary school employment outcomes for transition-aged youth with developmental disabilities. The study found that family preference for integrated employment and paid work experience prior to leaving high school were highly predictive of achieving integrated employment after leaving high school, indicating that work with families and providing paid work experience in high school are important interventions. The study distinguishes between two types of integrated employment outcomes: competitive (individual works in community-based job with typical peers and is paid at least minimum wage by employer and non-competitive (individual works in a paid community job alongside other peers with disabilities (enclave/crew) and/or makes less than minimum wage).
Simonsen, M. (2012). Post-School Outcomes for Transitioning Youth with Developmental Disabilities, Center of Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities.