With the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is important to reflect on our accomplishments in order to ensure that every individual with a disability, regardless of severity, is provided equal opportunity to achieve the American dream and become a valued, contributing member of society. Employment is a desired outcome for all individuals – including youth with disabilities. For many, employment is both an intervention and an outcome. Research has shown that one of the key indicators of whether youth with disabilities have succeeded in the transition from school to adult life is whether or not they are employed after they leave high school. This presentation will address why we should presume all youth can be employed through stories and discussion of the latest professional research.
Laura Owens, President, TransCen, Inc.
Ann Deschamps, Senior Research Associate, TransCen, Inc.
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