Analysis of Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Transition-age Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Arizona June 4, 2024 at 9:30 am

To answer the questions posed by the ADDPC regarding how well is Arizona’s VR program performing in helping transition-age youth (ages 14–24) with IDD obtain their employment goals, the authors of the report: reviewed Arizona policy documents that currently guide their VR services, reviewed Arizona’s data regarding employment outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities and adults with IDD, and conducted interviews and focus groups with individuals who were knowledgeable about Arizona VR. The authors used a constant comparative method of analyzing the data from within and across data types to identify themes (Charmaz, 2000; Degeneffe & Olney, 2010; Dellve et al., 2000; Kendall, 1999; Mactavish & Schleien, 2004). We assigned each document to at least one unit of analysis. Examples of units of analysis might include “high satisfaction” or “low satisfaction” with VR services for youth and family, promising practices, and particular demographic characteristics, including racial/ethnic group or other differences that emerged through the quantitative analysis and were further explored in qualitative interviews.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will understand the methodology behind the report and how the authors came to their conclusions.
2. Participants will learn about both the current strengths and weaknesses of Arizona’s VR system in serving transition-aged youth.
3. Participants will learn about effective strategies to better help Arizona VR serve transition-aged youth, including youth from culturally diverse backgrounds, that they can promote in their communities.


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