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ERIC Number: EJ858501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
Transitions from School for Young Adults with Intellectual Disability: Parental Perspectives on "Life as an Adjustment"
Davies, Michael D.; Beamish, Wendi
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v34 n3 p248-257 Sep 2009
Background: Few studies have investigated transition programs and outcomes for young adults with disabilities as viewed from the parent perspective. The current Australian study provided a voice for parents to report on the experiences of and outcomes for young adults following their recent transition from school into post-school life. Method: A mailed survey gathered statewide data from parents (N = 218) whose family member had completed schooling at a secondary or special school. The majority of those participating were parents of adults with intellectual disability and high support needs. Results: Findings detail school preparation for employment, community activities, and daily living; parent and student involvement in transition goal-setting; and post-school outcomes for young adults and their families. Conclusions: Parental reflections on family adjustment and life satisfaction for the young adult since leaving school highlight the lack of post-school options and the impact of these circumstances on the whole family. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia