School-to-Work Transition Survey of Deaf Youth, 1986-1992
Investigators: Thomas E. Allen, Brenda W. Rawlings, Arthur N. Schildroth, and Kay H. Lam

The School to Work Transition Survey of Deaf Youth, 1986-1992 was administered by the Center for Assessment and Demographic Studies (CADS) at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC. The project examined factors in the transition of deaf youth from high school to the work place. The student sample was taken from the ongoing CADS Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children and Youth. The student sample was limited to deaf students ages 16-22, with a hearing threshold greater than 70 dB in the better ear. The student sample was drawn from a national database containing demographic, audiological, and educational information, representing the majority of students in America with significant levels of hearing loss.

Self-administered questionnaires were distributed in 1987 to deaf and hard-of-hearing students; parents of the students, and their high school counselors. The study also included three follow up Student and Parent surveys administered between 1988 and 1992, as well as results from the 1983 Stanford Achievement Test. The archived study includes 469 variables across 6,475 cases.

RADIUS also includes 20 years of the CADS Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children and Youth, 1975-1994, archived separately as RADIUS Data Set #15-16. Students in the transition survey all appear as cases in the annual survey file, which can be linked by an ID variable in each data set. The annual survey data base contains individual data records for over 200,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Recent annual surveys have collected information on approximately 65% to 70% of the deaf and hard-of-hearing children receiving special education services in the United States. The CADS list of special education programs serving these children contain over 800 programs providing services to students enrolled in over 9,000 school facilities.

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