Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Grubridge, Amie

Second Reader

Lisa Silmser;


This paper will address young adults with special needs as they transition into the world of employment. For many students and parents, school has been predictable and consistent, and it can be challenging to imagine life without it. The results of this paper are mainly surveys of families that have already navigated this transition. What agencies were helpful? What practices produced the best outcomes for long-term employment for students with special needs? Work Based Learning has been shown, by research, to be an effective tool in building long-lasting employment success for students with special needs (Luecking & Gramlich, 2003, p.5). Work Based Learning can take many forms, but the main point is to give students an opportunity to practice working in the community with support. These lessons will help students gain employment, and hopefully, they will maintain employment for years to come.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis