Intersection 2007

Issue 3 volume 4, No. 3, May 15, 2007.

NCWD/Youth has completed Negotiating the Curves Toward Employment: A Guide About Youth Involved in the Foster Care System. The Guide was developed to encourage collaborative efforts between workforce development, child welfare, mental health, schools, and other community institutions to improve opportunities for youth in foster care to successfully transition into adulthood. The youth involved in the foster care system represent one of the most vulnerable populations in our society. Of the more than 500,000 children in foster care, 30 to 40% are also in special education. However, this number does not capture all youth with disabilities in the foster care system. In one study, it was estimated that between 20 to 60% of young children entering foster care have a developmental disability or delay. These types of disabilities include cerebral palsy, mental retardation, developmental delays, and learning disabilities, as well as speech, hearing, and vision impairments. This compares with an estimate of about 10% among the general population. Continue reading

Issue 2 volume 4, No. 2, May 8, 2007.

Guide on Serving Youth with Mental Health Needs Unveiled In honor of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces the release of Tunnels and Cliffs: A Guide for Workforce Development Practitioners and Policymakers Serving Youth with Mental Health Needs, prepared by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth. Practitioners and policymakers have key roles to play in ensuring that youth with mental health needs (MHN) have a fair chance of achieving the American dream of independence and self-sufficiency. Obstacles such as the transition cliff and ineffective service delivery tunnels can be eliminated through thoughtful systems change processes that incorporate sound policies and practices.

Issue 1 volume 4, No. 1, March 12, 2007 .

The Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education has proposed a priority on transition services to improve postsecondary education and employment outcomes to youth with disabilities. The February 15 Federal Register Notice builds on the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth's Guidepost for Success and cites the definitions section of the NCWD/Youth website.

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