Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Transition – The Intersection of Education and Employment

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, with a campaign coordinated by the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, the National Disability Rights Network, and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities to bring attention to inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as the barriers they and their families face to fully participating in the community of their choice. The first two weeks of the campaign focus on education and employment. For young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the period where these two areas intersect is called transition.

Transition services and supports can be crucial as a young person moves from school to work or from secondary to postsecondary education. Here are just a few examples of transition services and supports studied by NIDILRR-funded researchers and others in the disability, rehabilitation, and education communities.

These are just a few examples of current research and development to support young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on their path to education and employment. Explore more transition-related projects currently funded by NIDILRR, as well as more resources from the grantees and elsewhere for your Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month celebrations.

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