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Product Information State Differences in the Vocational Rehabilitation Experiences of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities

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State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies play a critical role in helping transition-age youth with disabilities attain their vocational goals. However, there is insufficient knowledge about best practices for agencies in serving transition-age youth. Because of the persistent poor employment outcomes of transition-age youth with disabilities, ensuring successful work-related outcomes for this population is very important to policymakers and the disability community.

The study addressed three questions:
(1) To what extent does each state’s population of transition-age youth with disabilities apply for VR services?
(2) Among those who apply, how likely is it that a transition age youth will receive services? and
(3) What proportion of youth who receive VR services have their cases closed with an employment outcome, and how does that compare with the employment rate for the state’s entire population of transition-age youth with disabilities?

The researchers used data from the RSA-911 Case Study Report (which allowed them to develop application and closure cohort files for youth and young adults who applied for VR services in fiscal years 2004, 2005, and 2006), along with other publicly available data.

-Description adapted from the executive summary of the report viewed online on 9/19/13 (www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/pdfs/disability/state_diff_vr_youth_wp.pdf)
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