Cohort 7 Model Demonstration Projects

Reentry of Students With Disabilities From Juvenile Justice Facilities Into Education, Employment, and Community Programs

In January 2013, OSEP funded the seventh cohort of model demonstration projects. Cohort 7 consists of three model demonstration projects that are developing, improving, and evaluating models to facilitate the successful reentry of youth with disabilities from juvenile justice facilities into education, employment, and community programs. Specifically, the projects are designed to reduce recidivism and to support the successful transition (e.g., high school completion, postsecondary education, and employment) of youthful offenders with disabilities back into their communities. The projects will begin implementation in mid-2013.

Features of the projects include:

Integrated transition services

Individualized aftercare including intensive educational interventions

Interagency collaboration

Professional development and ongoing coaching

Monitoring youths’ progress

Cohort 7 Grantees:

Arizona State University, Project RISE

University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, MAP Project

University of Oregon, Project STAYOUT