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More about the project: Pathways for disabled students to tertiary education and employment


The project promotes best practices on transition issues to develop effective inclusion policies an improve their planning and monitoring. It identifies high-quality transition programmes with regard to the access opportunities to tertiary education and to employment students with disabilities have, to the factors influencing the effectiveness and the coherence of the pathways followed by students and to the enabling or disabling of these pathways. It relies on country reports, a three-year longitudinal study and case studies.


The country reports identify transition policies with respect to the situation of persons with disabilities in comparison with those of non-disabled people. These country reports will provide information on the strengths and weaknesses of existing or missing data, of the current social, employment and education policies as well as of the effectiveness of the provision and supports.


The three-year longitudinal study follows a cohort of students with disabilities and gathers information on the quality of their experiences alongside information on the enabling or disabling effects of policies and practices. It will provide information on best practices and what works with regard to individual pathways. It will therefore map of the situation in which students find themselves in 2008, describe transitions made by young people between 2008 and 2011 and the impact of policy and support mechanisms, and identify the abilities individuals gained during transition.


The case studies describe good examples of successful pathways with regard to educational practices and support strategies. Interviewers will gather information on the strategies allowing personalized practices; continuous pathways; articulation of employment, education and health issues; receptive and inclusive employment; and education and health systems. Interviews carried out with the different actors involved in the transition process will track and describe the transition processes by observing the three interacting dimensions of progression processes in terms of access and success, involvement in social life and movement towards self reliance in terms of independence and affiliation.


The project involves numerous OECD countries including Czech Republic, Denmark, France,Germany, Ireland, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and the USA. The project will last until 2011. The country reports will be written in 2008. The first wave of the longitudinal study will start in 2008 and the second wave in 2010. The case studies will take place in 2010.

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