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Vocational Rehabilitation for Youth with Specific Learning Disability During COVID – Factsheet

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Key Facts:

Fact 1:

Specific learning disability (SLD) has been the largest special education category for decades, making up about 34%-45% of Americans aged 3-21 who receive special education services.

Fact 2:

SLD is a lifelong disability and often impacts the individual in the workplace.

Fact 3:

Those with SLD often experience higher rates of unemployment and underemployment, they work fewer hours, and earn lower wages and annual incomes than those without disabilities.

Fact 4:

VR services have been shown to have a positive impact on the employment outcomes of youth with SLD.
It is essential to ensure that youth with specific learning disabilities receive an appropriate type and amount of vocational rehabilitation services to facilitate their entrance to employment and career development.

Fact 5:

Results of this study suggest that those with SLD who were male, white, and had higher levels of education had higher employment outcomes; and those who received cash benefits tend to have lower employment outcomes.

Fact 6:

Researchers also found that job and training-related services provided by VR such as job placement, occupational/vocational training, and on-the-job support services had the strongest relationships with competitive employment outcomes.
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