Fourth Interim Report: Characteristics and Outcomes of Transitional Youth in VR
This report addresses questions of interest to federal officials in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) concerning the characteristics, services, and outcomes of transition-aged youth (defined as youth with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 25) who applied for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services during the study's sample acquisition period (November 1994-December 1996). The analyses we conducted for the report address the specific questions developed by a task force of OSERS officials who are involved in ensuring the effectiveness of educational and vocational habilitation and rehabilitation services for the nation's transitional youth with disabilities. The findings reported here are nationally representative and are generalizable to transition-aged VR consumers nationwide. Through the use of sampling weights based on probabilities of selection for each study participant, we provide estimates of the numbers and distributions of transitional youth nationwide served by VR during the course of the study. In the remainder of this summary, we use the research questions chosen by OSERS officials to organize key findings.