Across the country, postsecondary education is an increasingly important indicator of career success, particularly for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). Vocational Rehabilitation agencies can provide postsecondary education supports that improve outcomes for youth with ID. Analyzing data from the RSA-911 database, this brief reveals that while employment rates and earnings are higher for individuals receiving postsecondary education services, the participation rate in postsecondary education for individuals with ID has not increased as much as the rate for the general population, indicating a need to improve accessibility of higher education for individuals with ID.
Gilmore, D. S., Bose, J., & Hart, D. (2001). Postsecondary Education as a Critical Step Toward Meaningful Employment: Vocational Rehabilitation’s Role. Boston, MA, Institute for Community Inclusion.