ERIC Number: EJ934531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Effect of Postsecondary Education on the Economic Status of Persons Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Schley, Sara; Walter, Gerard G.; Weathers, Robert R., II; Hemmeter, Jeffrey; Hennessey, John C.; Burkhauser, Richard V.
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v16 n4 p524-536 Fall 2011
This article examines the effect that postsecondary education has on earnings and the duration of time spent in the Social Security disability programs for young persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our hypothesis is that investments in postsecondary training increase the likelihood of employment for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and thus reduce dependency on disability-related income support programs. A longitudinal data set based upon records from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and Social Security administrative records is used for this analysis. We find that those who graduate, even those who graduate with vocational degrees, experience significant earnings benefits and reductions in the duration of time spent on federal disability programs when compared with those who do not graduate with a degree. This finding suggests that reductions in the duration of time spent on Social Security programs are not limited to those with the highest level of scholastic aptitude and that investments in post-secondary education can benefit a broad group of deaf and hard-of-hearing persons. In addition, the data show that individuals who attend college, but withdraw before graduation, fair no better economically than individuals who never attended college.
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Economic Status, Deafness, Partial Hearing, Education Work Relationship, Outcomes of Education, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Graduation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security