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Transforming Disability Policy for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities


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  • Bonnie O'Day
  • David Stapleton
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    The transition to adulthood can be difficult for young people with disabilities, and changes in public policy are needed to give them the support they need to find meaningful work, stay employed, and reduce their dependency on federal and state disability benefits. This brief highlights the importance of improving transition policy for youth with disabilities, reviews lessons from recent research, and considers transformative policy changes and why and how such changes might be tested. It also discusses an example of a transformative policy with potential to improve transitions for youth with disabilities—the Transition to Economic Self-Sufficiency (TESS) program.

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    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 6217.

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    Length: 4
    Date of creation: 30 Mar 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:6217

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    Keywords: Disability Policy; Youth Disability; Young Adults; Social Security Administration;

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    1. David Stapleton & Gina Livermore & Criag Thornton & Bonnie O'Day & Robert Weathers & Krista Harrison & So O'Neil & Emily Sama Martin & David Wittenburg & Debra Wright, 2008. "Ticket to Work at the Crossroads: A Solid Foundation with an Uncertain Future," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 6153, Mathematica Policy Research.
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    1. Lorenzo Moreno & Todd Honeycutt & Stephanie McLeod & Claire Gill, 2014. "Programs Serving Transition-Age Youth: A Comparative Analysis of the U.S. and 10 Other Countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7766, Mathematica Policy Research.
    2. Todd Honeycutt & Lorenzo Moreno, 2014. "Experiences of Germany and the Netherlands in Serving Transition-Age Youth," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 8026, Mathematica Policy Research.
    3. David Stapleton & Todd Honeycutt & Bruce Schechter, 2012. "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Including Group Quarters Residents With Household Residents Can Change What We Know About Working-Age People With Disabilities," Demography, Springer, vol. 49(1), pages 267-289, February.


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