The information below presents data about employment for students with intellectual disabilities (ID), multiple disabilities (MD), and autism in Kentucky and how those data inform the services provided to youth with disabilities and their families.
Definition: Competitive Integrated Employment is defined in Public Law 113-128 (29 USC 3101) – the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Very simply put, Competitive Integrated Employment means that individuals with disabilities:
- Are paid no less than minimum wage and at least what other employees without disabilities who do similar work at that job are paid;
- Are eligible for benefits and promotions like their coworkers without disabilities who do similar work;
- Interact with other people without disabilities to the same extent as employees without disabilities who do similar work.
Learn more about Competitive Integrated Employment here.
- All former students with disabilities: 43.3% had competitive, integrated employment one year after exiting high school;
- Former students with autism: only 17.5% had competitive, integrated employment in their first year after exiting high school;
- Former students with multiple disabilities (MD): only 10.8% had integrated paid employment in their first year after exiting high school;
- Former students with ID (FMD): 8.0% had competitive, integrated employment in their first year after exiting high school.
- Employment rate for PWD = 29.4% compared to 75.7% for PWoD
Data Source: KYPSO is the Kentucky Post-School Outcomes Center that gives a survey about employment every year to students wth disabilities one year after exiting high school.
- Employment rate for people with disabilities: 29.4%
- Employment rate for people without disabilities: 75.7%
Data Source: The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) Annual Report
Definition: Postsecondary education can include college, trade school, or other job training programs for students after high school.
- 1,087 students with ID exited Kentucky school districts
- 7% of students with ID enrolled at a college or a university
- 8% of students with ID enrolled in other postsecondary education or training (KYPSO, 2017-2018 data).
Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Data
Data are from persons with intellectual disabilities and Autism who were accepted for OVR services.
- 25.6% of applicants who were accepted by KY OVR had integrated competitive employment as their type of case closure
National Core Indicators (NCI) Data
- 7% of people on disability waiver programs have a paid job in the community (not necessarily integrated or competitive)