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Current Study

Evaluation of Community College Interventions for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities


  • To conduct implementation and impact evaluations on innovative models for providing integrated education and career development services to youth and young adults with disabilities, which will help them acquire the skills, degrees, and credentials they need for high wage, high skill employment.
  • To identify effective interventions that can be replicated and evaluated.


  • Longitudinal research by the U.S. Department of Education shows that young adults with disabilities were more likely to have attended a 2-year college (44 percent) or a postsecondary vocational, technical, or business school (32 percent) than their peers in the general population (21 percent and 20 percent, respectively) within eight years of graduating high school.
  • The transition to college and employment can be difficult for students with disabilities for a number of reasons.
  • To enhance the policies and services designed to increase the enrollment and completion of community college programs by students with disabilities, the Office of Disability Employment Programs (ODEP) plans to issue a Solicitation for Grant Applications to fund “Pathways to Careers: Community Colleges for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities Demonstration Project.” Grantees will design approaches that work to shift practices and policy across the institution. Researchers on this project will evaluate these approaches.

Project Duration: 60 months

Contract End Date: August 28, 2019

Contractor: Westat, Inc.