MPR Webinar: Improving Employment Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On April 15, 2015 (EST)

Mathematica Policy Research's Center for Studying Disability Policy is hosting this webinar on Tuesday, May 12, from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (ET).

The cost of federal disability benefits for teenagers and young adults is substantial. In 2013, 1,156,000 individuals ages 13 to 25 received $8.7 billion in Supplemental Security Income benefits. These young people face distinct challenges in transitioning to work and economic self-sufficiency.

To help them overcome these challenges, the Social Security Administration sponsored the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) from 2003 to 2012. Promising interventions to help youth with disabilities navigate the transition to work were developed and tested. The interventions featured employment and education counseling, job development and job placement services, benefits counseling, and financial planning.

The demonstration also included financial incentives to encourage employment among young people who were receiving disability benefits. Certain SSA disability program rules were waived to let YTD participants keep more of their benefits as their earnings increased. Mathematica evaluated the implementation and impacts of six of the demonstration projects. At the three-year follow-up, we found that three of the projects helped young people find work and achieve other positive outcomes.

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