• Research Study One

    A Systematic Review of the Literature/ Case Study of Practices Related to Transition of Youth with Disabilities into the Workplace

    The goals of this study are to identify the barriers to and facilitators of outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities, and identify existing practices, programs, or policies that are associated with employment outcomes.

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  • Research Study Two

    Effects of Knowledge Translation Methods on Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Providing Pre-ETS to Youth with Significant Disabilities 14-16 years of age

    This study will be a pilot Intervention Development Randomized Control Trial to use knowledge translation (KT) methods to develop and deliver a toolkit to assist vocational rehabilitation counselors providing pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) to students 14 to 16 years of age with significant disabilities.

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  • Research Study Three

    Effects of Paid Internships on Competitive Integrated Employment or Postsecondary Education Outcomes for At-Risk Youth with Disabilities Earning a Regular Diploma

    This study focuses on an internship program called Start on Success (SOS) that incorporates a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course followed by paid work experiences for high school at-risk youth with disabilities.

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  • Research Study Four

    Cognitive Support Technology for Postsecondary Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries: A Randomized Clinical Trial at the Intervention Efficacy Stage of Research

    This Randomized Control Trial initiative (Intervention Efficacy) is designed to improve the academic and employment outcomes of students with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in post-secondary education.

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  • Research Study Five

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

    The goal of this study is to generate empirical support for the impact of early work experiences, practical guidance and resources for schools committed to connecting their students to community jobs, and richer insights into the pathways leading from school to the world of work.

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  • Research Study Six

    Effects of Trained Personnel Providing Employment Supports in Higher Education on the Employment Experiences of College Students with Intellectual and / or Developmental Disability (I/DD): A Quasi-Experimental Study

    This study examines the effects of an online course, coupled with technical assistance for trained personnel providing employment supports to students with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability (I/DD) in higher education.

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Spotlight: Research Brief
Check out our resources on the Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities. Be sure to read the research brief on Stakeholder Perspectives on Paid Work Experiences of Youth with Disabilities.
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The impact of competitive integrated employment

Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) has been well established in research and policy as the preferred outcome for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the United States. However, without greater documentation and accurate assessment of the impact of CIE to improve the lives of individuals with IDD, we risk greatly undervaluing this key life experience. Subsequently, this miscalculates the public policy related to CIE by not more fully investigating in its promotion.

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Changes to Segregated Employment in NC

Posted Jan 20, 2022 - DHHS recently agreed to end segregated work over the next 5 years. Learn more about new employment services as the state transitions people to community jobs.

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Journal Article

Start on success: A school and business collaboration model offering work-based learning for students with disabilities - Students connect what they learn in high school to the world of work. The opportunity to work provides high school students a valuable learning experience. They find a purpose for coming to school. For students with disabilities (SWD), a college and career readiness gap exists.