ERIC Number: EJ908318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Are Young Adults with Special Needs Ready for the Physical Work Demands?
Ratzon, N.; Schejter, T.; Alon, E.; Schreuer, N.
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v32 n1 p371-376 Jan-Feb 2011
Youth and Adolescents with Special Needs (YASN) face many challenges during transition into employment. Although most of their physical challenges are secondary, yet they call for attention since most of them are hired for blue collar jobs. Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) should be adapted to prepare them addressing the physical job-demands, and maintain their jobs effectively and safely. The current pilot study aims to demonstrate the use of standard (FCE) in order to assess performance of basic generic physical activities conducted by YASN, as part of transition to work program. Specifically, it compared subtests of the Physical Work Performance Evaluation of YASN (N=13) with matched control group (YA) (N=13). Results revealed slower and reduced performance among YASNs than YA, in basic job demands, like dynamic strength, hand strength, and fine motor skills. Implications and recommendations for research and transition to work practice in the educational setting are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Vocational Evaluation, Physical Activities, Young Adults, Education Work Relationship, Job Skills, Readiness, Special Needs Students, Disabilities, Psychomotor Skills, Occupational Safety and Health, Transitional Programs, Comparative Analysis, Adolescents, Youth, Muscular Strength
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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