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Citation:  Ipsen, Catherine; Kurth, Noelle; McCormick, Sara; Hall, Jean; & Chambless, Cathy (2018). Exploring the PROMISE of transition services for youth with disabilities receiving SSI. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 0 1-14.
Title:  Exploring the PROMISE of transition services for youth with disabilities receiving SSI
Authors:  Ipsen, Catherine; Kurth, Noelle; McCormick, Sara; Hall, Jean; & Chambless, Cathy
Year:  2018
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-180991
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...    |   PDF   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No

Structured abstract:

Background:  Transition-aged youth with disabilities lag behind same-aged peers without disabilities in education and employment outcomes, contributing to economic disparities across the lifespan.
Purpose:  To address these disparities, federal partners jointly funded the PROMISE Initiative, which includes six demonstration research projects targeting youth with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Data collection and analysis:  This paper reports preliminary data (n?=?1,429) from one of these projects called ASPIRE. Youth receiving SSI aged 14–16 were randomly assigned to a control or intervention condition. Intervention activities included ongoing case management and training opportunities in self-determination, financial literacy, transition planning, and benefits counseling.
Findings:  Study participant data from enrollment, 12-months, and 24-months post-enrollment showed significantly better outcomes for intervention youth compared to control youth in terms of parent encouragement about having a job (p?=?0.008), youth expectations of working (p?=?0.001), and participation in employment activities (p?=?0.009). These factors are associated with improved long-term economic outcomes.
Conclusions:  Findings suggest that providing case management and self-determination services to youth on SSI might result in improved long-term outcomes.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
High school dropouts / functionally illiterate persons
SSI and SSDI recipients
Youth in foster care
Interventions:  Transition services
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Return to work
Full-time employment
Part-time employment