Reentry Programs for Out-of-School Youth with Disabilities

Reentry Programs for Out-of-School Youth with Disabilities

High school students with disabilities who drop out are costly to society. Compared to those who graduate, they are more likely to be unemployed, dependent on public services, and involved in the criminal justice system. Consequently, helping students with disabilities graduate has become a prominent national concern. Students with disabilities drop out at higher rates than their nondisabled peers and experience more obstacles to reentry. Education providers throughout the country have responded to this situation by offering reentry programs to which students with disabilities can return to complete their high school education. These programs are specifically designed to address students' barriers to school completion and prepare them for college and career readiness. Hence, the NDPC-SD has created the following three reports to help you better understand the issue and to assist you in planning new reentry programs or redesigning existing programs.