Document Type

Fact Sheet

Publication Date

Spring 4-2018


Employment first, higher-performing states, employment, ThinkWork


Social Statistics | Social Work | Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling


Analysis to describe the relationship between state employment system characteristics and employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

To better understand higher-performing state employment systems.

Researchers included individual indicators from 2013 for each state from its IDD and vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies. We also used American Community Survey data that looked at employment outcomes and education for individuals with cognitive disability between the ages of 22 to 30, i.e. individuals who recently aged out of eligibility for services under IDEA. The resulting composite indicator (CI) represents overall state employment system performance.


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