A state comparison of Vocational Rehabilitation support of youth with intellectual disabilities’ participation in postsecondary education.

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January 2013


This study conducted a secondary data analysis using the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s 911 dataset. The findings provide an update on the role of Vocational Rehabilitation in promoting participation in postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual disabilities, by providing data that focuses on youth with intellectual disability in comparison with youth with other disabilities, and by highlighting differences in postsecondary education credentialing outcomes across states nationwide (i.e., course participation, certificate or degree status upon exiting the institute of higher education). Overall, this study showed that state VR programs play an important role in assisting youth with intellectual disability to participate in postsecondary education, although to a lesser extent than youth with other disabilities. Findings indicated that youth with intellectual disability were substantially less likely to be supported by the VR program to participate in postsecondary education compared to youth with other disabilities, postsecondary education credentialing outcomes varied substantially with five states reporting above average outcomes, and the national postsecondary education credentialing outcomes of youth with intellectual disability remained static between 2006 - 2010.

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