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GAO Offers Recommendations on Encouraging Employment for Transition-Age Youth

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) efforts to encourage employment for transition-age youth.  Youth with disabilities under age 18, receiving SSI benefits increased about 44 percent from 2000 through 2016. Youth age 14 to 17 with disabilities face many challenges achieving self-sufficiency as they transition to adulthood. GAO examined the strategies used by SSA to encourage employment for transition-age youth on SSI and the extent to which SSA helps ensure these youth receive vocational rehabilitation services. The report described recommendations for how SSA could improve its efforts.

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