Research Article

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Citation:  Chambless, C.; McCormick, S.; Ipsen, C.; Kurth, N.; & Hall, J. (2019). Teaching self-determination to youth with disabilities: The ASPIRE model. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 51 (2), 199-210.
Title:  Teaching self-determination to youth with disabilities: The ASPIRE model
Authors:  Chambless, C.; McCormick, S.; Ipsen, C.; Kurth, N.; & Hall, J.
Year:  2019
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Background:  As one of the PROMISE projects, ASPIRE sought to enhance education and career outcomes to reduce long-term reliance on SSI. Self-determination training was offered to transition-age youth with disabilities receiving SSI as an evidence-based intervention to improve employment and post-secondary outcomes.
Purpose:  To investigate the implementation of self-determination training for transition-age youth with disabilities, and provide lessons learned to inform future programs.
Data collection and analysis:  Researchers used grounded theory and qualitative methods to obtain data on challenges encountered and successful strategies for delivering self-determination training to youth with disabilities. Informants were case managers and trainers in a six-state demonstration.
Findings:  Challenges encountered included low attendance and adapting training for groups with a range of disabilities. Successful strategies included scheduling other events in conjunction with the self-determination workshops and adapting the curriculum to be more interactive and relevant to the interests of teens. Youth outcomes were enhanced by increasing self-awareness and skills for disability disclosure.
Conclusions:  Considering the wide variety of training content and delivery formats, self-determination training can prepare youth with disabilities for post-secondary education and employment.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
SSI and SSDI recipients
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation
Transition services
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Full-time employment