ERIC Number: EJ1034115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
"Just Having a Job": Career Advancement for Low-Wage Workers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Lindstrom, Lauren; Hirano, Kara A.; McCarthy, Colleen; Alverson, Charlotte Y.
Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, v37 n1 p40-49 May 2014
This study examined career development and early employment experiences for four young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Researchers used a multiple-method, multiple case-study longitudinal design to explore career development within the context of family systems, high school and transition programs, adult services, and early and continued experiences in the labor market. Data sources included school and rehabilitation records, job observations, and interviews with young adults, family members, high school special education personnel, employers, and adult agency staff (N = 39). During the early career years, participants maintained stable employment, but earned annual wages well under the federal poverty line. Employment opportunities seemed to be influenced by family advocacy and expectations, school-based work experiences, job development services, and work environments.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Developmental Disabilities, Career Development, Employment Experience, Young Adults, Poverty, Wages, Barriers, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Interviews, Family Environment, Advocacy, Transitional Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
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