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40 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 23 (2017-2018)
Making State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies Work for Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities

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        MAKING STATE VOCATIONAL

REHABILITATION AGENCIES WORK FOR

       TRANSITION-AGE YOUTH WITH

                     DISABILITIES



                     Jessica V. Den Houter*



I. INTRODUCTION                         .............................24
II. STRUCTURE   OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
      SERVICES   AND  BARRIERS  FACED   BY TRANSITION-
      AGE  YOUTH   SEEKING  REHABILITATION SERVICES.. .28
      A. Structure of The Vocational Rehabilitation Act.............28
      B. Barriers Facing Transition-Age Youth Attempting to
          Access Vocational Rehabilitation Services.................30
          1. Limited Awareness of Vocational Rehabilitation........30
          2. The Burden Shifting from the Parent or School to the
              Transition-Age Youth ......................32
          3. Difficulty in Navigating the Application Process........33
          4. Poor Quality of Vocational Rehabilitation Services....35
III. SHORTCOMINGS IN   AGENCY   ENFORCEMENT .............36
      A. General Monitoring   .............................37
      B. Performance Monitoring...............................38
           1. Performance Indicators ........................39
           2. Accuracy of Data Reported by State VR Agencies .....40
IV. REDUCING   BARRIERS:  INCREASING   ACCESS   TO, AND
      QUALITY   OF, VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
      SERVICES   FOR TRANSITION-AGE YOUTH................41



* Jessica Den Houter graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2017 and
is currently a fellow with the D.C. Affordable Law Firm. Prior to attending law school,
Jessica earned an MSW from the University of Michigan and worked as a school social
worker and special education transition coordinator in the District of Columbia. Ms.
Den Houter would like to thank Professor Pasachoff for the invaluable support and
feedback she provided, as well as Michael Manglitz, Julia Garrison and Johanna
Schmidt for their editing assistance. Also, Ms. Den Houter would like to thank her
former colleagues Kamilah Holder, Gabrielle Ciarcia, Caitlin Domagal, and Caitlin
Garman for their assistance in, as well as their ceaseless dedication to, supporting
students as they transition from high school to education, training, or employment.


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