Characteristics of Students With Disabilities Who Do and Do Not Receive Transition Services

Maria P. Mello, Meghan M. Burke, Julie Lounds Taylor, Richard Urbano, Robert M. Hodapp

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As transition services foster better post-school outcomes, all students with disabilities should be receiving these services as they traverse their final high school years. Using a national, web-based parent survey, we examined the frequency and correlates of the receipt of transition services for 189 students with disabilities. Parents reported their children’s age, functioning level, maladaptive behavior, and number of services received. Only 54% of the child of the participants received transition services. Students with higher (vs. lower) levels of adaptive skills were less likely to receive transition services. Students with more services on average and who were older were more likely to receive transition services. Implications are discussed for increasing the implementation of transition services for all students with disabilities and increasing parent knowledge of transition services and transition planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-259
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Special Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • adaptive behavior
  • disability
  • maladaptive behavior
  • parents
  • transition services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation


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