Transition Innovations: Promising Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth

Apr 26, 2018 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Center for Studying Disability PolicyRecent federal policy changes require state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies to expand service delivery to transition-age youth and young adults with disabilities. These expanded services intend to improve youth’s preparation for college and employment.

On Thursday, April 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET, Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy hosted a live webinar that explored the impact of these new policy changes. The webinar specifically highlighted effective VR service practices and the challenges that state VR agencies face in adhering to new federal mandates related to transition-age youth.

The webinar featured a panel of experts with extensive experience on issues related to transition, VR, and employment for people with disabilities. The panel presented and discussed the following:

  • Effective VR practices identified by VR counselors from agencies with strong transition outcomes
  • A case study on effective partnerships between VR and higher education programs for students with intellectual disabilities and autism
  • Early implementation experiences of VR agencies with pre-employment transition services

The panel included:

  • Todd Honeycutt, (Moderator), Mathematica Policy Research
  • Rich Luecking, University of Maryland
  • Meg Grigal, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts
  • Purvi Sevak, Mathematica Policy Research
  • David Test, (Discussant), University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    View the slides for the presentation.