Improving Graduation and Employment Outcomes of Students with Disabilities: Predictive Factors and Student Perspectives

Reports on a state-wide transition program in Oregon serving youth with disabilities (including intellectual and developmental disabilities) who require support beyond the services typically available through traditional general education, special education, and school-to-work programs to achieve secondary and postsecondary employment and education goals.  Career-related work experience and completion of student-identified transition goals were highly associated with improved graduation and employment outcomes.  Participants valued individualization of services in achieving student goals and personalized attention from staff.


Benz, M. R., L. Lindstrom, et al. (2000). “Improving Graduation and Employment Outcomes of Students with Disabilities:  Predictive Factors and Student Perspectives.” Exceptional Children 66(4): 509-529.

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Posted in Career preparation and work-based learning, Employment outcome data, Post-secondary Education, Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations, Transition planning in schools
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