PROJECT LEAD SCHOLARSHIP
Leaders Enhancing outcomes for Adjudicated youth with Disabilities with intensive needs in urban settings prepares special educators and school social workers to improve outcomes for adjudicated youth with disabilities.
THE PROBLEM FACING DIVERSE LEARNERS
The enormity of challenges faced by adjudicated youth with disabilities, their families, support personnel in high-poverty schools, and their communities is monumental. This issue is further exacerbated by lack of trained personnel.
LACK OF SUCCESS FOR ADJUDICATED YOUTH
Current success rates for youth with disabilities to enter and complete post high school education remain exceedingly low. Additionally, adjudicated youth with disabilities are at greater risk for unemployment, incarceration, and life in poverty.
The project is a collaboration effort between UIC's Department of Special Education and Jane Addams College of Social Work. Also builds on long-standing partnerships with Chicago Public Schools and the Cook County Juvenile Justice Division.