Youth with Disabilities and Employment Success
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Students with disabilities in Mississippi are less likely than their classmates without disabilities to graduate from high school with a diploma. They are less likely to receive the job training they need, attend college, or find a meaningful job. Without employment, departing students are immediately dependent on their parents or society.
- Only 27 percent of youth with disabilities graduate from high school compared to 75 percent of students without disabilities.
- Only 1 in 3 youth with disabilities receive job training.
- The unemployment rate for people with disabilities hovers between 50 and 75 percent.
- There are an estimated 350,000 people with disabilities, including 40,000 with developmental disabilities—the highest rate of individuals with disabilities per population in the United States.
- The state’s rate of accident-related disabilities is one of the highest in the nation with approximately 130 spinal cord injuries and 5,000 cases of traumatic brain injury each year.
- The number of children receiving SSI—2.97 percent—is double the Southeastern average and triple the national average.
- In 2000, 62,153 children, birth through 21, were served by special education in the Mississippi public schools. This total includes learning disabilities, severe/low incidence disabilities, physical disabilities, vision and hearing impairments, emotional disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, mild to moderate disabilities, and autism.