Social Outcomes of School Leavers with Cerebral Palsy

Social outcomes for young adults with disabilities are often poor.

In 2007, we investigated the social situation of 335 young adults with cerebral palsy aged 20-30 years. Our results showed that compared to their able-bodied peers, many of the cerebral palsy group had failed to complete secondary education (50% vs. 20%), were unemployed (64% vs 20%), and had an annual income of less than $20,000 (80% vs. 39%).

In the proposed project, we will investigate the social outcomes of school leavers with cerebral palsy aged 18 – 20 years to determine if social outcomes have improved since the study ten years ago, and factors associated with good and poor outcomes will be investigated.

Research Team

Professor Dinah Reddihough (Department of Paediatrics, Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences) - Lead Investigator
Professor Anne Kavanagh (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health)
Professor Christine Imms (Australian Catholic University)

Program Details


Professor Anne Kavanagh


The program of work on Disability and Disadvantage is funded through grants and research contracts provided by a variety of sources, including the Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council, Victorian State Government Health department and internal University funding.


Disability, social mobility and the well-being of people with disabilities

Discrimination and bullying against people with disabilities

Improving Disability Employment Outcomes (IDES)

Vision Impairment and Employment