Work experiences have been proven to improve outcomes for youth with disabilities transitioning out of high school. From 2004 to 2006, an average of 8% of youth with disabilities applied for vocational rehabilitation services. Of those who applied, only 56% actually received services. Our goal is for at least six states to commit to supporting internships, scholarships, and other evidence-based services to help youth with disabilities transitioning from high school to higher education and employment. This work will be done through collaboration and change in educational systems, vocational rehabilitation agencies, and state partnerships with the private sector. We will also work with the appropriate offices within the federal government to ensure that policies and protocol promote advancement of the state commitments.
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Specific goals include: