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VCU RRTC-Transition

July 2023

VCU-RRTC on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities

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Research Brief Study 4Research Brief

Project NEXT: A Cognitive Support Technology Randomized Clinical Trial for Postsecondary Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Pursuing postsecondary education is a cognitively demanding activity and the decided majority of postsecondary students with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) report difficulties with the academic demands of their studies (Rumrill et al., 2019). A targeted approach like cognitive support technology (CST) is a logical framework for helping students with TBI overcome cognition-related difficulties in their academic and career-preparatory pursuits.

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Research Update Study 5 Research Update

Effects of Paid Work in High School on the Employment Outcomes of Youth with Severe Disabilities: A Randomized Control Trial Intervention Development

Equipping students with severe disabilities for the world of work has been the longstanding emphasis of transition education. A good job enables young people to connect to their community, to assume a valued role, to contribute to local needs, to develop friendships, to find purpose, to experience personal satisfaction, and, of course, to earn a paycheck (Carter, Trainor et al., 2010).

Not surprisingly, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2004) describes the overarching purpose of special education as preparing students “for further education, employment, and independent living” (emphasis added). Moreover, the extent to which students with disabilities obtain jobs in the first year after graduation has become a primary metric for gauging the effectiveness of special education and transition services (i.e., Indicator 14). Although paid employment during high school is a predictor of post-school education and employment (Mazzotti et al., 2021), most students with severe disabilities (i.e., individuals with intellectual disability, autism, or multiple disabilities)are not afforded these hands-on opportunities (Carter, Trainor et al., 2010).

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