The goals of this in-depth analysis was to better understand the intermediary approach and identify promising models and practices that can be valuable in using intermediaries in the workforce development system to better serve youth with disabilities.

 "All Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) demonstration programs use aspects of an intermediary approach to connect organizations and agencies at all levels in meeting educational and employment goals on behalf of people with disabilities...The overriding question in the context of this issue analysis is whether, to what extent, and how the intermediary approach is being used in youth demonstration programs and whether it is effective in creating systems change to better serve youth with disabilities.” (p. 1-1). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Full Publication Title: Evaluation of Disability Employment Policy Demonstration Programs: Role of Intermediaries in ODEP Youth Demonstration Programs

Major Findings & Recommendations

Several examples of promising systems change in the demonstration projects were identified: • Capacity has been increased at pre-existing high-school-based transition and mentoring programs. • There is improved coordination of employment services for people with disabilities. • Customization of services is encouraged to assist people with disabilities in obtaining positive employment outcomes. • All sites are evaluating new practices, which facilitates the dissemination of new ideas. (p. iii-xvii) (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)