The Youth Transition Demonstration: Lifting Employment Barriers for Youth with Disabilities. This issue brief, published by Mathematica Policy Research’s (MPR) Center for Studying Disability Policy, provides a summary description of the demonstration and findings from the implementation and interim impact analyses.
Findings from the implementation analysis showed considerable variation in the amount and focus of services from project to project in phase one. In response, the technical assistance was modified to assist phase two projects to focus more strongly on connecting youth with competitive employment. Findings from the interim impact analysis indicate that projects that provided more hours of services had a greater impact on the employment outcomes of youth during the year after they entered the evaluation. Of the four projects that provided the most hours of services, three had positive impacts on the number of youth who found paying jobs, and two also had positive impacts on annual earnings.