Publication Highlight: Mathematica
Recent federal policy changes require vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies to increase the share of spending they allocate to services for specific types of transition-age youth, though limited information exists about the outcomes for these different types.

This article seeks to provide information about the range of VR outcomes across youth characteristics, with particular attention to differences by education and employment status at application.

The article, titled "Transitions and vocational rehabilitation success: Tracking outcomes for different types of youth " is in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (subscription required) .

Upcoming Partner Events 

Recent federal policy changes require VR agencies to increase services for youth transitioning into adulthood, but we have only limited information on the effectiveness and outcomes of these services. To develop a better understanding of what works and for whom, Mathematica has partnered with TransCen, the University of Maryland, and the Institute for Community Inclusion to examine the employment outcomes of youth who receive VR services. On April 27 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (ET), Mathematica's Center for Studying Disability Policy will host a policy forum and live webinar on this issue. A panel of experts, including researchers and practitioners, will present and discuss new evidence on:
  • Long-term outcomes of VR youth applicants
  • The Maryland Seamless Transition Collaborative VR process and outcomes
  • Employment outcomes of post-secondary youth with intellectual or developmental disabilities
The panel will include:
  • Jody Schimmel Hyde (Moderator), Mathematica
  • Todd Honeycutt, Mathematica
  • Ellen Fabian, University of Maryland
  • Meg Grigal, Institute for Community Inclusion
  • Andrea Guest, Delaware Vocational Rehabilitation


CSAVR will hold its Spring 2017 Conference at the Bethesda Hyatt in Bethesda, Maryland from Monday, April 3rd, to Wednesday, April 5th, 2017. 

Think College

Let's Talk about the Money: Planning for College (co-branded with PACER), April 6, 2017 @ 3PM

The Special Needs Financial Planning Team of Shepherd Financial Partners: Cynthia Haddad, Certified Financial Plannerâ„¢, and Alexandria Nadworny, Certified Financial Plannerâ„¢

College should be accessible for everyone. In addition to having to advocate for the best academic and social supports for your college student, there is the issue of paying for college. These two financial advisors, pulling from personal and professional experience, will share their expertise about how to do that. There are many sources of money to pay for college that many people may not be aware of. The overall goal is to raise awareness of options available for families to consider. The link to the webinar can be found at:

Barbara Bookman, City University of New York (CUNY), Martha Mock, Ph.D., University of Rochester, and Carrie Shockley, Ed.D., John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute at the CUNY School of Professional Studies

During this webinar, participants will learn about the development of "Meaningful Credentials" and how they are being established in a variety of colleges and university systems. Nationally, students with intellectual disabilities are obtaining credentials when exiting college. This important capstone is essential to the following: bringing meaning to the course work completed in college and, enhancing the personal and social growth of individuals with intellectual disabilities, and will resulting in greater value to employers. Join us and learn how to frame your own credential process at your college. The link to the webinar can be found at:

Other Events 

The 2017 NTACT Capacity Building Institute for interdisciplinary state teams will be held in Kansas City, MO from May 16 through 18, 2017 at the Marriott Kansas City Downtown. Mark your calendars! Continue to check for updates to the agenda, the CBI App (by May), and specific presentation titles under "Events" at

Contact Us Directly With Your Questions 

The RRTC on VR Practices and Youth provides research, training, and technical assistance aimed at improving the lives of transition-age youth with disabilities, by improving the VR services delivered to them. If you don't find the information you are looking for on our web site, please feel free to contact us directly and we will help connect you to the appropriate content expert. 

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living,
Grant Number: 90RT5034-02-01

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