ERIC Number: ED341227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Early Work Experiences of Youth with Disabilities: Trends in Employment Rates and Job Characteristics. A Report from the National Longitudinal Transition Study of Special Education Students.
D'Amico, Ronald; Marder, Camille
This report presents findings on the early work experiences of youth with disabilities, part of a 5-year study on the transition of youth with disabilities from secondary school to early adulthood. The study examined trends in students' career development by comparing employment characteristics 2 and 4 years after leaving secondary school. Telephone interviews were conducted first in 1987 and then in 1989 with approximately 800 youth who had left school between 2 and 4 years earlier or with their parents. Students had been classified as being learning disabled, seriously emotionally disturbed, speech impaired, or mildly or moderately mentally retarded. Major findings indicated: youth in all categories (except serious emotional disturbance) went from an employment rate of about 50 percent in the 1987 survey to more than 67 percent employment 2 years later; among youth employed, substantial wage and occupational advancement took place; and the youth tended to be satisfied with their jobs and to expect further advancement. Less positive findings included the low employment rates and lack of progress of students with serious emotional disturbances and the significant numbers of students never employed since leaving school--20 percent of the emotionally disturbed, 17 percent of the mentally retarded, and 18 percent of the speech impaired. (31 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Career Development, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Emotional Disturbances, Employment Patterns, Employment Statistics, High Schools, Learning Disabilities, Mild Mental Retardation, Moderate Mental Retardation, Speech Handicaps, Unemployment, Work Experience, Young Adults
SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025-3493 ($15.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.
Identifiers: National Longitudinal Transition Study Spec Educ
Note: For related documents, see EC 300 996-998.