Transition from School to Work for Minnesota's Youth With Disabilities: An Oral History


Conducted and transcribed eight interviews with persons who were involved in developing and implementing policies during the 1980s and '90s that helped reduce the unemployment rate among youth with disabilities in Minnesota. This rate is well below the national average, mainly thanks to these policies in the areas of Special Education, Vocational Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation.

The interviewees were Cathy Carlson, Stephanie Corbey, David R. Johnson, Sandra Lewandowski, Lloyd Petri, Vernon Schultz, Barbara Troolin, and Bob Vaadeland. Transcripts will eventually be posted on the Minnesota Historical Society Web site; in the meantime, they can be obtained from Norena Hale at

This project was archived on 2015-04-30T00:00:00-05:00

David R Johnson PhD
David R Johnson PhD
Minnesota Historical Society, Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants


David R Johnson PhD :: Professor

Partner staff

Norena Hale :: Consultant


  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Transition planning
    • Employment and postsecondary education
      • Employment and workforce development
        • Vocational rehabilitation
        • Specific life stage
          • Adolescents and young adults


          • Research