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Social Security Disability Benefit Issues Affecting Transition Aged Youth Briefing Paper

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The successful transition of students with disabilities from school to work and full community participation is a major policy initiative within several federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor. In recent years, school to work transition has also become a growing emphasis for the Social Security Administration (SSA). Since many students with disabilities are receiving Social Security disability benefits such as SSI or Title II Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB), and so few become employed at substantial levels after completing school, it makes sense for the SSA to be an active partner in these initiatives.