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Despite landmark national legislation and recent reforms, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Nevada continue to confront significant barriers to success. They remain a severely underserved group in their pursuit of quality special education services and face limited access to gainful employment and educational opportunities beyond graduation from high school. Only 27.6 percent of students with disabilities in Nevada graduated from high school (2014-2015 cohort). And in 2014, only 24 percent of students with disabilities had enrolled in institutions of higher education one year after graduation. In short, the pathways in Nevada to prepare successfully students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities for post-secondary opportunities are quite limited – meaning that there are significant gaps and barriers preventing students with disabilities for life beyond high school.

This  video accompanies the policy report, Pathways to Nowhere: Post-Secondary Transitions for Students with Disabilities in Nevada, which describes existing pathways preparing students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities for post-secondary opportunities, and identifies some of the barriers facing students as they prepare to transition to life beyond high school. This policy report concludes by offering a set of recommendations that the State’s decision makers, policy leaders, and agency officials may take under advisement. This report was informed by research and interviews with students with disabilities, special education teachers, school district officials, state agency officials, advocacy groups, and parents and guardians of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

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