Intersection 2008

Issue 5 volume 5, No. 5, December 11, 2008:

Issue 4 volume 5, No. 4, October 24, 2008:

Issue 3 volume 5, No. 3, September 15, 2008:

  • The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has released a paper on high school reform on academic and career readiness for youth.
    This paper identifies the challenges in practice and policy for successful post-school outcomes and it offers recommendations on how states, local school districts, and individual high schools can prepare all youth, including youth with disabilities, with the academic and career readiness skills...
  • The Institute for Educational Leadership has released an evaluation on foster youth in transition in collaboration with Casey Family Programs.
    According to a 2008 Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 26,000 youth age out of the foster care system each year...
  • GAO released a report titled: Young Adults with Serious Mental Illness
    The transition to adulthood can be difficult for young adults who live with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder...
  • MDRC released a report of an eight year evaluation of Career Academies
    Established more than 30 years ago, Career Academies have become a widely used high school reform initiative that aims to keep students engaged in school and prepare them for successful transitions to postsecondary education and employment...

Issue 2 volume 5, No. 2, May 13, 2008.

NCWD/Youth, with funding from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the U.S. Department of Labor, carried out a study on successful strategies to help youth with mental health needs transition to postsecondary education, employment, and independent lives. With a focus primarily on the role of skills development, work, and career exploration, case studies were conducted of five promising program sites, and program design features and system-level policies that appear to help youth and young adults with mental health conditions better transition into adulthood and life-long success were identified. Continue reading

Issue 1 volume 5, No. 1, February 21, 2008.

NCWD/Youth has completed The HS/HT Program Guide: A Comprehensive Transition Program Promoting Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for Youth with Disabilities. High School/High Tech (HS/HT) is recognized as one of the most successful strategies for assisting youth with disabilities as they transition from high school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education and employment. Over the years, HS/HT has evolved from a small program in a few localities that focused on exposing youth with disabilities to technology-related careers to a comprehensive program of transition services. Through an array of activities identified in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth’s (NCWD/Youth) Guideposts for Success, HS/HT exposes youth with disabilities to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (the STEM careers) and encourages them to pursue post-secondary education to prepare for such careers. Continue reading

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