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May 22, 2013
Contact: HHS Press Office

Thousands of votes cast in online dialogue on school-to-work transitions

Conversation for Change remains open until May 27, 2013

Students, young adults, parents, teachers, healthcare and service providers—anyone who supports the aspirations of young people with disabilities to live, work, and thrive in their community—are invited to join a national dialogue about improving the transition from school to work.

People with disabilities who are part of the workforce tend to have more financial resources and stronger linkages to the supports and services that help them live independently and contribute to their community.

The U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration are hosting a free, public, online dialogue to examine the effects of existing federal regulations and legislation on the transition from school to work for youth with disabilities.

The four host agencies want to ensure that all young people benefit from collective federal resources, achieve economic empowerment and maximize independence. Public input is extremely important because studies have shown that, compared to their peers without disabilities, students with disabilities are less likely to receive a regular high school diploma; twice as likely to drop out of school; and half as likely to enroll in and complete post-secondary education programs.

Close to 200 ideas have already been submitted, and 4,000 votes cast—and those numbers are growing.

Learn what others are suggesting, and let us know what you think would benefit our country. Join the conversation by registering, then posting your ideas, reading others’ ideas and voting for your favorites at http://FPTepolicyworks.ideascale.com.

Voting will remain open through Monday, May 27, 2013.

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Last revised: May 22, 2013

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