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Case studies will serve two purposes. One purpose will be for research, to obtain more in-depth information on factors supporting CLD youth with disabilities to achieve success in postsecondary education. The other purpose will be to develop materials illustrating strategies and practices that were effective in supporting these particular case study youth. The goal is to conduct at least 10 in-depth case studies (a minimum of two informants at each of the five field sites). Case study informants will be recruited from among participants in the project’s focus groups. The case studies will involve collection of information about individual, familial, cultural, socioeconomic, service delivery, and organizational variables associated with success. The information will be collected through in-depth interviews with informants, beginning near the end of Year 2 of the project. With informant consent, interviews will also be conducted with family members and other significant persons in their lives (for example, teachers, friends, clergy). The case study process typically generates a large amount of data, which will be entered into a qualitative data analysis software program (such as NVivo). Informants will have full editorial control and final say over how their case studies are packaged and disseminated.

One such case study is in progress. Brian Kajiyama's story and weekly journal entries can be viewed on his website.

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