Evaluation of a multicomponent intervention package to increase summer work experiences for transition-age youth with severe disabilities

Erik W. Carter, Audrey A. Trainor, Nicole Ditchman, Beth Swedeen, Laura Owens

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Abstract

Early work experiences have been advocated as an important avenue for equipping youth with disabilities with the skills, attitudes, opportunities, and aspirations needed to transition successfully to meaningful careers after high school. We examined the efficacy and social validity of a multicomponent intervention packageVcomposed ofsummer-focused planning, community connectors, and employer liaisonsV aimed at connecting youth with severe disabilities to summer work experiences. Sixty-seven youth were randomly assigned to intervention and comparison groups from within six diverse high schools. Youth in the intervention group were 3.5 times more likely to have community-based work experiences during the summer and worked more hours per week. Key stakeholders generally perceived the intervention strategies to be acceptable, feasible, and effective. We present a detailed analysis of the summer experiences of youth with severe disabilities and offer recommendations for improving students' access to early work and community experiences as part of comprehensive transition education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalResearch and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Community inclusion
  • Employment
  • High school
  • Intervention
  • Transition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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