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Longer Runway: Economic Analysis of the Postsecondary Education and Training Options for Youth with Developmental Delays

Longer Runway: Economic Analysis of the Postsecondary Education and Training Options for Youth with Developmental Delays

This paper makes the following points:

  • We argue that the need for pilot programs that facilitate PSE and labor force participation of youth with ASD beyond the age of 21 far outpaces their availability.
  • We estimate social costs and benefits from increased labor force participation of youth with ASD and use the findings to estimate minimal success rates that programs would need in order to generate a net gain to society.
  • We conduct a critical review of the literature on program evaluation as it relates to other types of programs for youth with disabilities for the purpose of assessing if the required program success rates that we estimate are feasible.
  • We find that the necessary minimal success rates are modest and achievable and, therefore, recommend increased focus on the design and evaluation of pilot programs intended to facilitate PSE attainment and labor force participation in skilled employment for youth with ASD.
  • Most importantly, this paper presents an economic analysis of potential PSE/training pilot programs for young adults with ASD beyond the age of 21. 
APA Citation: 

Mykerezi, E., Markelova, H., McCullough, G. (published date unknown). Longer Runway: Economic Analysis of the Post-Secondary Education and Training Options for Youth with Developmental Delays. University of Minnesota.

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