Present Outlook By the Numbers
Young men and women with learning disabilities are vastly under-employed.
- It is estimated 1 in 7 people in the United States has a learning disability.
- 45% of working-age adults with learning disabilities are unemployed.
- 69% of students with learning disabilities have transition goals of competitive employment after high school.
- Only 46% obtain regular paid employment within 2 years of graduating.
Present Outlook of Existing Programs
- BroadFutures’ targeted population is often not eligible for governmental programs, yet also not able to mainstream into careers and higher education seamlessly.
- There is a lack of appropriate programs to adequately serve the entirety of this population.
- Many programs are focused on permanent employment for youth who are unable to complete high school or continue with their studies post high school.
- Few programs address PAID transitional employment.
- Paid transitional employment is one of the strongest predictors of positive post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities.
- Existing programs do not incorporate a holistic focus.
Need for More
- The dependence on Social Security benefits for persons with disabilities is increasing and soon will not be sustainable.
- Young adults with learning disabilities need the opportunity and support for paid transitional employment while they are maturing neurologically.
- This will increase their likelihood for independence and becoming productive members of society.