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Citation:  Awsumb, J. M., Balcazar, F. E., & Alvarado, F. (2016). Vocational rehabilitation transition outcomes of youth with disabilities from a midwestern state. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 30 (1), 48-64.
Title:  Vocational rehabilitation transition outcomes of youth with disabilities from a midwestern state
Authors:  Awsumb, J. M., Balcazar, F. E., & Alvarado, F.
Year:  2016
Journal/Publication:  Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education
Publisher:  Springer
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10926-016-9627-4
Full text:  https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1091254   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  The purpose of this article was to examine the rehabilitation outcomes of youth with disabilities, ages 14-22 years old, who were participating in a transition program in a midwestern state.
Data collection and analysis:  The authors analyzed five years of vocational rehabilitation transition data (N = 6,252) in order to determine what demographic and system-level factors were related to successful rehabilitation outcomes.
Findings:  Findings show that Hispanic youth had the highest percentage of successful rehabilitation, males were rehabilitated significantly better than females, and participants in small towns were significantly more likely to be rehabilitation than those in large urban areas in the state.
Conclusions:  The authors concluded that the vocational rehabilitation agency should update its transition program with strategies that help youth with disabilities achieve better employment and postsecondary education outcomes.

Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition