Key Findings: The Post-High School Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities up to 6 Years after High School

A new report from the US Department of Education presents key findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). The study helps educators and policy makers develop an understanding of the experiences of secondary school students with disabilities nationally as they go through their early adult years. The report provides data on post secondary education, employment, wages, household circumstances, marital status, community engagement , and more.
 
Transition refers to the time when youth with disabilities leave the school system and continue on to adult life–college, vocational training, employment, and/or independent living. This is a time when many youths "fall through the cracks" and lose services and supports that enable them to lead an independent, productive life. Learn more about this topic on our Transition Page.

Helping Youth Develop Skills for Job Success

The National Collaborative on Workplace and Disability for Youth released a new brief for parents and families that can help them better prepare their child with a disability for adult life. The brief, "Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: 
Tips for Parents and Families
" discusses the importance of "Soft Skills"–the every day, common sense skills that are important in all aspects of life. By improving these skills, a youth can enhance his or her social life, do better in postsecondary studies, and be more successful at finding and maintaining employment. Families can use several strategies to help develop soft skills. Read the full brief online.

Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

The US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a half-day summit entitled, “Corporate Disability Employment Summit: Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion” on April 12, 2011.

During this event, senior leadership from Fortune 500 companies, small business, financial services, marketing, media and the U.S. Congress highlighted policies, programs and practices that employers can embrace to improve their workforce and increase their customer base. A new USBLN®/U.S. Chamber publication, “Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion" was released at the summit.