Barriers to Successful Transition for Young Adults Who Receive SSI and Their Families

Jennifer L. Schuster, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Mairead Moloney

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This study examined barriers to transition faced by young adults with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families. Interviews were conducted with 12 transition-age students and 10 of their parents/guardians. Obstacles to transition planning that were unrelated to the receipt of SSI included: (a) poor match between students' interests and current jobs; (b) perceived lack of partnership between families and schools; (c) impact of disability on employment, social supports, and continuing education; (d) preoccupation with the present and uncertainty about the future; and (e) financial constraints. Additional barriers associated specifically with receiving Social Security included (a) difficulty managing the receipt of SSI; (b) limited understanding of the relationship between work and SSI; and (c) unawareness of the supports available through the SSI system. The article concludes with a discussion of strategies to ease the transition planning process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-66
Number of pages20
JournalCareer Development for Exceptional Individuals
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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