Learners with disabilities stand to strongly benefit from participation in CTE when programs are designed to support their needs. Maximizing these outcomes requires states to elevate one-time touchpoints with stakeholders supporting learners with disabilities into strategic cross-sector partnerships.
Advancing Employment for Secondary Learners with Disabilities through CTE Policy and Practice, provides a policy landscape of state-level efforts to support secondary learners with disabilities in CTE programs based on a national survey of State Directors. This report was produced in partnership with University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School.
While the study reveals significant challenges to harnessing data, resources and relationships to fully support learners with disabilities, it also reveals state CTE leaders are committed to overcoming these challenges. Eighty four percent of State Directors report planning to use opportunities afforded by Perkins V to support access and success for learners with disabilities.