ERIC Number: ED368134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
A Longitudinal Study of the Experiences of Students with Disabilities: Preliminary Findings for Students Receiving Special Education Services.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
This report presents findings from the first 2 years of a 4-year longitudinal study of outcomes for approximately 600 students with disabilities after leaving public school. The study is one component of the Special Education Effectiveness Studies. The study evaluated student outcomes in four life skill areas: (1) employment; (2) independent living; (3) recreational, social and leisure skill acquisition; and (4) postsecondary education. In the domain of employment, most participants were employed less than 40 hours per week, most had jobs that did not provide fringe benefits, and almost 40 percent were unemployed. Those with severe or profound mental retardation were least likely to be employed; those with learning or emotional disabilities most likely. In the domain of independent living, 72 percent continued to live at home. In the domain of recreational, social, and leisure skill acquisition, students did engage in independent and/or family supported recreational activities, but participation in clubs and organizations declined and frequency of socializing with nondisabled friends also declined following graduation. Finally, three-fourths of the students were not involved in any postsecondary education. Preliminary recommendations focus on the need for education to be student driven and for increased cooperative and collaborative efforts across agencies. Ten tables detail the study's findings. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Planning Council for Development Disabilities, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.