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Citation:  Dutta, A., Kundu, M., Johnson, E., Cha, F., Trainor, A., Blake, R., & Christy, R. (2016). Community conversations: Engaging stakeholders to improve employment-related transition services for youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 45 8.
Title:  Community conversations: Engaging stakeholders to improve employment-related transition services for youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities
Authors:  Dutta, A., Kundu, M., Johnson, E., Cha, F., Trainor, A., Blake, R., & Christy, R.
Year:  2016
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-160809
Research summary:  https://projecte3.com/community-conversations/
Full text:  http://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabili...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  PURPOSE: To present the findings of World CafĂ© focused community conversations organized to identify existing and needed resources for transition age youth with disabilities.
Setting:  DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive research design.
Study sample:  PARTICIPANTS: 52 professionals, parents, and students with disabilities with knowledge of transition services for youth with disabilities residing in a medium size city in the southern U.S.
Findings:  RESULTS: The results identified five important areas of service for transition age youth with disabilities. They are (a) demand side focused vocational rehabilitation services, (b) transition services for building employment skills, (c) connecting existing community based resources, (d) advocacy services, and (e) parent and family involvement in transition.
Conclusions:  CONCLUSION: The study demonstrated the usefulness of community conversations in encouraging participants to think critically and in generating action plans to address a social exigency. In the process this study re-established the need for further investigation of the potential of community conversations to address key challenges facing diverse populations with disabilities, their families and communities, service providers, educators, researchers, and policy makers.

Disabilities served:  Developmental disabilities
Learning disabilities
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Interventions:  Other
Outcomes:  Other