Project Summer

Across the country, schools are making strides to equip youth for life after high school. Yet, for many youth with disabilities, transition remains a challenge.  The purpose of this project was to identify the skills, experiences, supports, and connections that youth with disabilities need—both during the school year and summer months—to transition successfully into adulthood.  Through this three-year development project, implemented by the Waisman Center from 2006-2009, the research team collaborated with schools, communities, and families to discover how best to deliver transition services with the ultimate goal of developing a set of promising strategies that schools, families, and communities can use to connect youth with disabilities to meaningful summer jobs and other community experiences.

A number of journal articles were written as part of this project including…

Carter, E. W., Trainor, A. A., Cakiroglu, O., Cole, O., Swedeen, B., Ditchman, N., & Owens, L. (2009). Exploring school-business partnerships to expand career development and early work experiences for youth with disabilitiesCareer Development for Exceptional Individuals, 32, 145-159.

http://cde.sagepub.com/content/32/3/145.abstract

Carter, E. W., Trainor, A. A., Cakiroglu, C., Swedeen, B., & Owens, L., (2010). Availability of and access to career development activities for transition-age youth with disabilitiesCareer Development for Exceptional Individuals, 33, 13-24.

http://cde.sagepub.com/content/33/1/13

Carter, E. W., Trainor, A. A., Ditchman, N., Swedeen, B., & Owens, L. (in press). Community-based summer work experiences of adolescents with high-incidence disabilitiesJournal of Special Education.

http://sed.sagepub.com/content/45/2/89

Contact Information
Erik Carter
Professor, Dept. of Special Education, Vanderbilt University
615-875-3398
erik.carter@vanderbilt.edu
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Summer Activities Planning Tool

10 Reasons to Hire Youth with Disabilities