ERIC Number: EJ962131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Disconnected Expectations: Staff, Family, and Supported Employee Perspectives about Retirement
Bigby, Christine; Wilson, Nathan J.; Balandin, Susan; Stancliffe, Roger J.
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v36 n3 p167-174 Sep 2011
Background: Australia has few policies to support the transition of older people with intellectual disability from employment to retirement. This study aimed to identify the possibilities and barriers to retirement for older employees in supported employment services. Method: Five distinct participant groups discussed retirement in 6 separate focus group interviews: staff from disability accommodation (7) and employment services (7), members of mainstream activity programs for older people (4), family members (5), and supported employees (2 groups of 6 people). Results: Participants perceived retirement as a risk to the well-being and participation of employees. Participants were pessimistic about the availability of necessary support in retirement. The need for additional resources and skills was identified, but the utility of inclusion strategies was not recognised. Continued segregation through specialist programs or adaptation of existing employment programs was the most commonly suggested retirement option by staff and family members. Conclusion: Perceptions did not reflect the current policy imperatives of social participation. This poses an additional obstacle to conceptualising, planning, and supporting quality of life for older people with intellectual disability.
Descriptors: Employment Services, Supported Employment, Employees, Retirement, Mental Retardation, Employee Attitudes, Focus Groups, Employment Programs, Quality of Life, Interviews, Family Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Transitional Programs, Barriers, Older Adults, Caregivers, Family (Sociological Unit), Needs Assessment, Public Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia