ERIC Number: ED371521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Employment of Youths with Disabilities: Outcomes, Activities, and Indicators.
Kohler, Paula D.; Rusch, Frank R.
Four articles comprise this monograph on interventions which lead to employment of youths with disabilities. Articles are based on investigations and demonstrations sponsored by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). In "Promoting Employment for Youths in Transition: Outcomes, Activities, and Indicators," Paula D. Kohler and Frank R. Rusch present a model for systems change based on outcomes, activities, and indicators for promoting employment in this population. The article presents an overview of the OSERS investigations leading to the model's development. The second article, "An Analysis of OSERS'-Sponsored Secondary Special Education and Transitional Services Research" (Frank Rusch et al.), contains the findings from an analysis of five federal funding competitions focusing on transition to work or postsecondary education, in an effort to identify quality indicators and outcomes. In a further extension of this line of research, Frank Rusch et al. in "Employment Outcomes and Activities for Youths in Transition," identified 22 outcomes and 65 related activities associated with employment. Of these, OSERS project directors ranked the following as the most important outcomes: utilizing individualized education plans, educating students alongside their nondisabled peers, and documenting progress in employment-related skill areas. Finally, in "School-to-Work Transition: Identification of Employment Related Outcome and Activity Indicators," Paula Kohler and Rank Rusch identify measures to serve as indicators for each outcome and activity identified earlier by project directors. The listing of outcome and activity indicators is appended. Individual papers contain references. (DB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Champaign. Transition Research Inst.