NDS Ticket to Work response to National Youth Commission into youth employment and transitions
Young people with disability face a multitude of barriers preventing them from successfully transitioning from school to the workforce. A range of studies identify the barriers they face preventing them from entering and remaining in the workforce (Shakespeare, Watson, & Alghaib, 2017; Stafford, Marston, Chamorro-Koc, Beatson, & Drennan, 2017).
The needs of young people with intellectual disability are of particular concern. Only 56% of young people with intellectual disability complete year 12 or its equivalent. Siperstein, Parker, and Drascher (2013) claim if young people with intellectual disability do not engage in mainstream employment by age 21, it is unlikely they ever will.