Dr. Akilah Nelson
The Transition Outcomes for Secondary Students with Disabilities (Transition) topic supports research that contributes to the improvement of transition outcomes (i.e., attainment of – and skills that enable students to obtain – employment, independent living, and further education and training) for secondary students with disabilities in Grades 6 through 12.
Despite more than 2 decades of federal legislation regarding transition, youth with disabilities continue to demonstrate poorer secondary and post-secondary outcomes than their peers without disabilities. According to reports from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) and the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012 (NLTS 2012), secondary students with disabilities continue to lag behind their peers without disabilities in various transition outcomes. For example, they are less likely to attend and complete studies at 4-year colleges and universities and they work fewer hours per week, receive lower salaries, and have fewer employment benefits. This topic was developed to promote a wide range of transition outcomes that enable secondary students with disabilities to obtain and hold meaningful employment, obtain further training and education (e.g., postsecondary education, career and technical education) and live independently. These outcomes include behavioral, social, communicative, functional, occupational, and academic skills.
Since 2006, NCSER has invested over $46 million in the Transition program to support research across four goals.
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