M.A. in Special Education
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Vocational school graduates--Employment; Youth with disabilities--Vocational education
Special Education and Teaching
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.
Stevenson, Herbert H. Jr., "A study on employment of vocational school graduates with disabilities: how is their transition from school to adulthood?" (2006). Theses and Dissertations. 939.