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Promoting transition to adulthood for youth with physical disabilities and health impairments

by Pam Targetta, Paul Wehman, Michael West, Charles Dillard, and Gabriella Cifu

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Targett, P., Wehman, P., West, M., Dillard, C. & Cifu, G. (2013). Promoting transition to adulthood for youth with physical disabilities and health impairments. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 39, 229-239.
https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-130653

 Abstract. Post school outcomes for individuals with disabilities have been consistently poor, when compared to individuals without disabilities, in the areas of employment and education. This article takes a look at issues involved in the transition of youth with orthopedic or physical disabilities (OPD) and other health impairments (OHI). It begins with an overview of OPD and OHI students. This is followed by information on how to improve transition from school to work and postsecondary education outcomes through assessment; effective instruction; and individualized supports.