This is the guide companion of Making the Connections: Growing and Supporting New Organizations: Intermediaries Paper.
Despite a number of pieces of supportive legislation and identified effective practices, youth with disabilities continue to experience high unemployment as well as insufficient opportunities to obtain competitive employment with the potential of career growth. Too many examples of success exist to attribute this lack of progress to any inherent unemployability of youth with disabilities. Because these successes have generally been achieved without extraordinary fiscal expense, the lack of progress cannot be attributed simply to a lack of money and resources. Rather, critical disconnections exist between and among community institutions. The goal of improving educational and employment outcomes for youth with disabilities would be better served by focusing on the strategic and coordinated use of the resources currently available within a state’s education and workforce development systems.