Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile
In order to ensure a systematic transition planning process for
youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system, the EDJJ
research team has developed a transition need assessment survey.
An extensive review of the literature pertaining to promising transition
practices for youth with disabilities was conducted (Coffey & Gemignani,
1994). Research indicates that effective transition programs include:
preplacement planning, interagency coordination, transfer of records
prior to the student's move from one placement or service to another,
and specific pre-release transitional programs including social
skills, independent living skills, and vocational skills. The EDJJ
research team developed this survey to understand the transition
planning process within the system and perceptions of youth in secure
care systems regarding transition priorities. The EDJJ research
team evaluated the survey instrument to ensure clarity and overall
consistency with respect to language, content, and format and piloted
it in one of the secure care systems of Arizona. This survey can
be used with all incarcerated or detained youth prior to release.
The results of this survey may assist in providing consultation,
training, and technical assistance for staff to help them develop,
implement, and evaluate successful transition for students in secure
We encourage you to become part of EDJJ's national transition survey.
If you are interested in collecting data at your site please contact
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email EDJJ with any questions and/or comments
University of Maryland, 1224 Benjamin Building College Park, MD 20742
Phone (301) 405-6462 Fax (301) 314-5757
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