Date Approved

5-8-2006

Embargo Period

4-7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Vocational school graduates--Employment; Youth with disabilities--Vocational education

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the employment and independent living status of students with learning disabilities (LD) upon graduation from a vocational school, the Institute of Technology. A telephone survey of 56 graduates was developed based on the Post High School Plans Survey (PHSPS) to investigate their employment, living, and opinion of transition services. A total of 46 graduates responded to the survey questions. The results showed that 39% of the graduates were employed in the career major they had studied at the institute, 17% employed out of their major and 22% unemployed. Fifty four percent of the students remain dependent on parents or siblings two years after their graduation. Sixty three percent of graduates expressed that they had unsuccessful transition and 85% indicated that they did not utilize transition services after their graduation. The transition from school to adulthood remains a critical issue to students with disabilities.

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