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The Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR) is an initiative of National Disability Services (NDS). CADR aims to improve the wellbeing of people living with disability by gathering insights, building understanding, and sharing knowledge. CADR’s applied research agenda is helping to build the evidence base and support stakeholders to better understand what works, for whom, under what circumstances and at what cost.

Research to Action Guides

Bridging the gap between what we know and what we do. Our objective is to build a comprehensive online collection of disability research and translational resources for the Australian context. Our Research to Action Guides are based on the best available local and international evidence and put together by subject matter experts to support research end users to engage with the evidence. We gather and analyse evidence about what works, and package that information into efficient and practical resources.


This Guide was authored by Associate Professor Loretta Sheppard, Dr. Rosamund Harrington and Kelly Howard from the School of Allied Health, Occupational Therapy, at Australian Catholic University. This resource was developed with support of Australian governments through the Research and Data Working Group.

NDS Gratefully acknowledges the support of the NSW Government in establishing the NDS Centre for Applied Disability Research.

Suggested Citation

Sheppard, L., Harrington, R. & Howard, K. (2017). Leaving School and Getting a Job. Research to Action Guide, A guide for young people with disability who want to work. NDS Centre for Applied Disability Research. Available at

About this Guide
This Research to Action Guide presents the important things to know for young people looking to make the transition from school to employment in Australia. This Guide includes an evidence based way for students to think about what is right for them, and the “golden rules” for transitioning from school to employment. Some handy websites are also listed. It is important that young people are supported to get the most out of this Guide.

The ‘Effective School to Employment Transitions Research to Action Guide’ comprises a suite of resources including a rapid review of relevant literature and three practice guidance resources, targeted at service users, service providers and disability employment practice leaders. The Rapid Review provides a full listing of references. The whole Research to Action Guide is available at the CADR Clearing House,


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