Educational and Occupational Trajectories of Adolescents and Youth with Disabilities
This study aims to address this gap in relation to adolescents and young people in India. The
research brought together analysis of Young Lives longitudinal study data collected since 2001,
with findings from an in-depth qualitative study conducted by Young Lives India in Andhra
Pradesh and Telangana in November-December 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The
study findings were discussed with a research advisory group to address policy gaps and
develop policy recommendations to enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities.
This report draws upon panel data from five rounds of Young Lives longitudinal survey (2001-
2016) to analyse the self-assessed educational and occupational outcomes of 100 young persons
with disabilities (a Younger Cohort age 15 and an Older Cohort age 22 in 2016).3 It also draws on
a subsequent qualitative sub-study conducted with a nested sample of 34 young persons with
disabilities and their caregivers, when they were age 18 (Younger Cohort) and 25 (Older Cohort).
The study explores the facilitators and barriers that adolescents and youth with disabilities face in
their educational trajectories, and their related transitions to the labour market, marriage and
family formation. It also captures the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on their lives and
aspirations for the future.