Youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) face substantial barriers to economic independence in transitioning to adult life. The barriers are related to their health status, social isolation, service needs, and potential loss of disability benefits.
Transition to Adulthood
As they grow older, many youth with disabilities face disincentives to living independently and supporting themselves through work, as well as changes in financing for services and availability of income support. Mathematica has a long history in this area, beginning with the evaluation of the Transitional Employment and Training Demonstration, the first major demonstration to improve adult outcomes for youth with serious intellectual disabilities receiving disability benefits.
Evaluation of the Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income PROMISE Grants
Evaluation of the Maryland Way2Work Model
Mathematica is evaluating the impact of Way2Work, a transition work-based learning model, on the post-school outcomes of high school students with disabilities in select Maryland counties. A grant from the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration funds this work.
Youth Transition Demonstration: Helping Youth with Disabilities Become Employed
In September 2005, the Social Security Administration (SSA) awarded Mathematica a nine-year contract to evaluate the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) projects, designed to help youth with disabilities maximize their economic self-sufficiency as they move from school to work.