ERIC Number: ED332429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Parents' Reports of Students' Involvement with Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies in the First Years after Secondary School. A Report from the National Longitudinal Transition Study of Special Education Students.
Wagner, Mary; Cox, Robert
This report examines the extent to which young people with disabilities were reported by parents to have received services from their state's Vocational Rehabilitation Agency during the first few years after secondary school. Data came from the National Longitudinal Transition Study of Special Education Students (NLTS), representing more than 8,000 students (ages 13-21) enrolled in special education in 1985-86. Data were collected in 1987 from telephone interviews with parents, from school records, and from a survey of educators. Results show that: (1) approximately 14% of out-of-school youth aged 16 or older applied for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services; (2) the young people who applied generally had more severe disabilities and higher socioeconomic status than those who did not apply; (3) students who attended schools that frequently contacted adult vocational rehabilitation activities in transition activities were more likely to have applied for VR services; (4) 69% of applicants for VR services received services; (5) a more active relationship between schools and VR agencies also appeared to benefit applicants for services in terms of an increased likelihood of receiving services; and (6) examination of rates of application for VR services across the first 4 years after high school showed no significant change in rates over time. Appendices contain an overview of the NLTS and information on variable construction and measurement issues. (Includes seven references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Disabilities, Eligibility, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, Institutional Cooperation, Longitudinal Studies, Networks, Participant Characteristics, Rehabilitation Programs, Secondary Education, Socioeconomic Status, State Programs, Transitional Programs, Trend Analysis, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.
Identifiers: Impairment Severity; Service Utilization