Post-High School Transition Outcomes for Young Adults With Down Syndrome

Susan J. Loveall, Marie Moore Channell, Meghan M. Burke, Derek B. Rodgers

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There is limited available research on the post-high school outcomes of young adults with Down syndrome (DS). The purpose of this study, therefore, was to characterize employment, community-based living, and community engagement outcomes and their correlates among young adults with DS who recently transitioned out of high school. Caregivers (n ¼ 100) of young adults with DS who exited high school within the past 5 years completed an online survey. Approximately half of the individuals with DS were working in some capacity; almost all were living with caregivers. Individuals with DS were engaging in a variety of community activities each week. Adaptive functioning was related to both employment and community engagement. Parent involvement in transition planning was also related to community engagement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-148
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican journal on intellectual and developmental disabilities
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • Down syndrome
  • community engagement
  • community-based living
  • employment
  • transition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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