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ERIC Number: EJ1083846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Employment Support Services for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Attending Postsecondary Education Programs
Petcu, Stefania D.; Chezan, Laura C.; Van Horn, M. Lee
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v28 n3 p359-374 Fall 2015
Our purpose in this study is to offer a more comprehensive understanding of how students with intellectual and developmental disabilities attending postsecondary education programs are prepared for competitive employment. Data collected through a national survey indicate that the vocational-related support services offered frequently by postsecondary education programs are: career or vocational counseling, person-centered planning, career or vocational assessment, career exploration, volunteering, internships or co-ops, natural supports, instruction on transitioning to paid employment and between paid jobs, and self-advocacy. The number of students receiving work-based experiences was larger in programs affiliated with a four-year institution. No differences exist in the provision of work-based experiences, workplace supports, and connections with adult agencies based on location. We discuss implications for practice and future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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