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New Publication! Creating Change with Incremental Steps: Enhancing Opportunities for Early Work Experience

by User Not Found | Feb 12, 2013


The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University released a new policy brief on January 28, 2013 for Creating Change with Incremental Steps: Enhancing Opportunities for Early Work Experience.

Evidence suggests that students with disabilities who have work experience while they are in secondary school are more likely to be successful in the labor market after they leave school.  Although several systems are in place to help high school students with disabilities achieve employment goals, including programs authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, the Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act and the Workforce Investment Act, these systems are only partially filling the need.

Authored by Michael Morris and Nanette Goodman, the policy brief and accompanying report describe the challenges in the current system and suggest modest changes to legislative and regulatory language and evaluation metrics combined with agency directives that would enable the system to work more effectively.