REHABDATA Detailed Record Comparing employment outcomes for youth with learning disabilities and postsecondary educational experience.
Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. Volume 52(3), Pgs. 303-315.
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What's this? Author(s): Whittenburg, Holly N.
Cimera, Robert E.
Willis, Cassandra B.
Taylor, Joshua P.
Thoma, Colleen A.
Study compared differences in employment outcomes, cost-effectiveness, and cost-efficiency of vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for youth with specific learning disabilities (SLD) and different education levels. Descriptive statistical analyses compared employment outcomes of youth with SLD who receive VR services and have different education levels. Service cost-effectiveness and cost-efficiency from the taxpayers’ perspective were also analyzed. Employment outcomes improved as education level increased. VR services for youth with SLD with postsecondary educational experiences (PSE) were most cost-effective when cost-per-dollar earned was calculated, but least cost-effective in terms of cost-per-hour worked. While VR services for youth with SLD and PSE were ultimately cost-efficient, it took 125 months to achieve. Results indicate that youth with SLD receiving VR services who have PSE experienced the best employment outcomes. Future research is needed to investigate how employment changes over time affect public investments, how specific VR services impact cost-effectiveness, and how the intersection of race/ethnicity and disability may influence PSE participation.
COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS, EMPLOYMENT, LEARNING DISABILITIES, OUTCOMES, POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION, WORK TRANSITION, YOUTH.
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Whittenburg, Holly N., Cimera, Robert E., Willis, Cassandra B., Taylor, Joshua P., Thoma, Colleen A.. (2020.)
Comparing employment outcomes for youth with learning disabilities and postsecondary educational experience.
Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.
(3), Pgs. 303-315. Retrieved 8/6/2023, from REHABDATA database.
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