ERIC Number: ED212095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
A Study of School Leavers with a Physical Disability.
The retrospective study evaluated the postschool adjustment and status of 172 Australian young adults (ages 18 to 28 years), all with some disability of motor function including cerebral palsy, polio, and results of accidents. Structured interviews with the Ss and their parents were used to obtain information on problems imposed by the disability, school last attended, postsecondary education, employment and expectations about employment, alternative occupations, and leisure time activities. Results included the following: Ss who had been to schools for the physically handicapped tended to be more disabled, to leave school earlier, to lack social skills and independent living skills, and to have lower aspirations for employment. Of the 20% who undertook postsecondary training, most were minimally or mildly disabled and had attended regular schools. Of the entire group, 75% had been in the work force of which half were in competitive and half in sheltered employment. Unemployment had been experienced by 37% of the Ss. Most Ss claimed that they had sufficient activities to fill their leisure time. Almost equal numbers attended clubs primarily for the disabled and clubs not specifically for the disabled. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yooralla Society of Victoria (Australia). Dept. of Research and Development.