ERIC Number: ED397573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
First Decade after Graduation. Final Report.
This final report summarizes findings of the First Decade Project, which examined factors related to the successful transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Subjects were two cohorts of graduates from 1985 and 1990, including all special education graduates (N=488) and randomly selected nondisabled graduates (N=610) from three school districts. A full 5 years of data on employment, income, postsecondary schooling, marital status, and living arrangement were collected on 299 special education students and 315 nondisabled students. Additionally, in-depth case studies were conducted on 26 graduates from the 1985 cohort. Major findings included: (1) males with learning disabilities were employed at almost the same rate, and in as well-paying jobs, as the nondisabled males; (2) females with learning disabilities were parenting at twice the rate of nondisabled females and many were single mothers on welfare; and (3) nondisabled subjects attended and graduated from college programs at a significantly higher rate than any sub-group of graduates with disabilities, who tended to attend vocational and other non-college postsecondary programs. The bulk of the document consists of appendixes providing additional project detail or products. These include: questionnaires, cohort summaries by disability, summaries by school district, a sample case study, and published and unpublished reports detailing the study's findings and methodology. (DB)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Case Studies, College Attendance, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Females, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Income, Learning Disabilities, Longitudinal Studies, Males, Marital Status, Mothers, Outcomes of Education, Place of Residence, Postsecondary Education, Quality of Life, Sex Differences, Special Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.