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A Snapshot of the Transition-Age Population from the Annual Child Count
In 2016 there were 4,281 transition-age youth and young adults (age 14 through 21) on the Annual Deaf-Blind Child Count. This accounts for just over 40% of the total population (9,635). The percentage of transition-age students varies considerably from state to state, ranging from a low of 15% to a high of 57%.
Nearly 60% of transition-age youth and young adults are served at least part of the day in their neighborhood schools in regular education classrooms, consistent with the overall school-age population. Nearly one in five (19%) receive services in a separate school. Within these settings, just under half (49.7%) make use of assistive technologies and 6.5% receive intervener services, both of which are consistent with the broader birth through 21 population. About 10% have cochlear implants. This is a slightly lower proportion than for the full child count population.
Only 19% are identified as deaf-blind on their states’ Part B Disability count. These individuals are most often identified as multiply disabled (37.5%). An additional 11.1% are identified as hearing impaired, 6.2% as visually impaired, and 4.8% as other health impaired.
Nearly two-thirds (64.4%) have an intellectual disability in addition to combined hearing and vision loss. Over half (52.2%) have a physical or orthopedic disability, and over 40% have complex healthcare needs.
More than 90% live at home with their parents or extended family. Less than 4% live in a state or private residential facility.
Over 40% of those for whom we have Part B exiting data in 2016, graduated with a regular diploma (181; 32.4%) or certificate (67; 12%). One in ten transferred out of special education to regular education. Approximately one in four (26.9%) aged out of Part B and one in eight (13.4%) dropped out prior to aging out.