ERIC Number: ED507503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Reference Count: 15
Transforming Disability Policy for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities. Disability Policy Research Brief. Number 09-01
O'Day, Bonnie; Stapleton, David
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
The transition to adulthood can be difficult for youth, particularly those who have disabilities severe enough that they receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (DI), or other disability program benefits. Besides the issues facing all transition-age youth, young people with disabilities face a host of special challenges: health problems, social isolation, service needs, and lack of supports. These challenges complicate their planning for the future and often lead to poor educational and employment outcomes, long-term dependency, and a lifetime of poverty. In this policy brief, the authors highlight the importance of improving transition policy for youth with disabilities, review lessons from recent research, and consider transformative policy changes and why and how such changes might be tested. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Youth, Social Isolation, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Services, Transitional Programs, Special Needs Students, Student Needs, Educational Policy, Program Effectiveness, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Policy Formation, Outcomes of Education, Eligibility, Agency Cooperation, Employment Qualifications, Federal Legislation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security Disability Insurance