EDI Home Educational Achievement & Transition MTP
Model Transition Project (MTP)
Welcome to the Model Transition Program (MTP) at Cornell
University's Employment and Disability Institute (EDI)!!!
The MTP is a New York State initiative that has funded sixty school and agency
partnerships with the goal of developing local models of collaborative service
delivery to students with disabilities as they prepare to exit high school and
begin their adult life. The MTP team at EDI provides evaluative research and
disseminates relevant educational materials to our stakeholders. As a result
of this unique statewide initiative, future policy and funding strategies may
sustain effective transition practices for students with disabilities beyond
the life the MTP grant.
The period of transition to adulthood � associated with changes in one's
social role marked by the expectation of being employed, completing education,
living independently, developing new life-long relationships, and contributing
to society � is daunting for many young people, especially for youth with
disabilities (Johnson, Stodden, Emanuel, Luecking, & Mack, 2002; Osgood, Foster,
Flanagan, & Ruth, 2005; Swail & Brand, 2004; Wagner, 2005). Their transition
is confounded by the challenges posed by the disability condition, disadvantaged
demographic characteristics (e.g., low socio-economic status, ethnic minority,
single-parent homes, and homelessness), and lack of service coordination resulting
from systematic barriers (Davis & Butler, 2002; Osgood et al., 2005; Stodden,
Dowrick, Stodden, & Gilmore, 2000; Wagner et al., 2003). The focus of each
individual MTP site is to provide effective programming and services related to
transition planning, increase the number of quality vocational rehabilitation
referrals and strengthen partnerships with community agencies in order to facilitate
a seamless transition to adulthood for students with disabilities.
Through a variety of research practices, the EDI MTP team has designed their
analysis and information dissemination activities to address the following:
Impact of transition and career development activities on increased
quality vocational rehabilitation referrals and, ultimately, successful
employment outcomes for students with disabilities.
Impact of local education agencies' collaborative efforts at an individual,
local and regional level and its impact on successful employment and post
secondary outcomes for students with disabilities
Identifying methods of sustaining effective transition-related practices for students with disabilities.
As a result of such activities, the EDI MTP disseminates individualized data
reports for each project on a quarterly basis driving future transition
decision making at a local level. In addition, the EDI MTP research team
will develop a series of reports summarizing research findings and provide
policy and funding recommendations to sustain potential effective practices.
Training materials and web-based educational opportunities will be made
available on a state and national level highlighting our findings.