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IEL Youth Transition Reports: Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities

IEL Youth Transition Reports: Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities

About the Annual Youth Transition Report
IEL’s Youth Transition Report: Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities, published by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), present data that underscore the gap between youth with disabilities and those without disabilities on measures of success in education, employment, and poverty. The reports also include data on those opportunity youth whom the education and workforce systems have not adequately engaged, served, and supported.

What do the data tell us about youth and young adults with disabilities?
Data confirm that significant gaps remain between youth and young adults with and without disabilities in the education and workforce system, despite federal and state legislation and systematic efforts to improve opportunities.

More than six percent of youth and young adults have a disability, and these youth are less likely than their peers to complete high school, enter post-secondary education, obtain a bachelor’s degree, and enter and find jobs. They are also more than twice as likely to live in poverty. At a time when youth and young adults are preparing for lifelong success in careers and financial independence, they are discouraged from opportunities to remain in or reconnect with education and workforce systems.

The report presents the top and bottom five states across categories to examine more closely the differences that national averages may obscure. States with the lowest gaps may offer ideas on policies and practices for all states to consider; however, no state has entirely achieved full equity for youth and young adults with disabilities.

Achieving disability inclusion a nd equity requires the engagement of youth and young adults with disabilities, not only to inform the challenges in front of us, but also to solve those problems to ensure full inclusion of all people with disabilities across the country.

View the reports below:

IEL Youth Transition Report 2021 (coming soon!)

IEL Youth Transition Report 2020

Suggested Citation:  Cheng, L., & Shaewitz, D. (2020). The 2020 Youth Transition Report: Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities. Washington, DC: Institute for Educational Leadership.

IEL Youth Transition Report 2019

Suggested Citation:  Cheng, L., & Shaewitz, D. (2019). The 2019 Youth Transition Report: Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities. Washington, DC: Institute for Educational Leadership.