Disability & Inclusion

SERVING ALL CONSUMERS: Identifying Racial Disparities in the Vocational Rehabilitation System

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program is the largest workforce program in the United States, providing employment services to
people with disabilities to help them retain or enter competitive integrated employment
commensurate with their abilities and capabilities. During the pandemic, state VR
services were significantly affected and in some cases those services were halted for a period of time as agencies attempted to reroute services virtually and to eventually
provide in-person contact. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a recession in the United States that impacts all workers.
Historical data in the U.S. show that people
with disabilities are more likely than their peers without disabilities to drop out of the workforce during economic downturns and are less likely to recover employment after
the recession ends.

The 2021 Youth Transition Report: Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities

This report was produced by the Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc. (IEL) to examine the persistent gaps in educational and employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities in the United States. The report focuses on comparative data for youth and young adults with and without disabilities between the ages of 14 and 24, including those opportunity youth that education and workforce systems have failed to adequately support, to highlight the needs of this transition age population. This information can support practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to better understand and serve this population.

A Blueprint For Community Inclusion Strategies For Youth With Developmental Disabilities In Washington, DC

A Blueprint for Community Inclusion Strategies for Youth with Developmental Disabilities in Washington, DC provides a summary of comments and common themes among DC youth with disabilities and their families. This includes their top priorities, solutions to pressing issues, and ways that allies (individuals and organizations) can better support them. These priorities are foundations for a framework for policy and action steps that leaders, public institutions, and others can take to better engage and serve youth with disabilities in the District.

Guideposts for Success

Research-based guidance on the supports all youth need for the transition to adulthood and the workforce.

A Guide to Legislative Advocacy for Youth with Disabilities

This guide is designed to help youth with disabilities become stronger advocates and encompasses a wide array of issues including how a bill becomes a law, how to educate yourself on the issues that are important to you, and how to use that information in talking with your legislator.