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Better Federal Coordination Helps Students with Disabilities Transition

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Better Federal Coordination Helps Students with Disabilities Transition

August 9, 2012

In a report recently issued, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that students with disabilities face challenges accessing services that may assist them in transitioning from high school into post-secondary education or the workforce.

Once out of high school, many eligible individuals find themselves on waitlists and often experience delays in service. Parents and students also report that it is often difficult to navigate transition services, and providers have difficulty coordinating services across different programs.

To improve the provision of transition services for students with disabilities, the GAO recommends that the U.S. Departments of Education, Health & Human Services and Labor, as well as the Social Security Administration, develop an interagency strategy that operates towards common outcome goals for transitioning youth; increases awareness of available transition services; and assesses the effectiveness of their coordination efforts. The four agencies agreed with the GAO recommendations.