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Exploring Barriers for Facilitating Work Experience Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Enrolled in Postsecondary Education Programs

Exploring Barriers for Facilitating Work Experience Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Enrolled in Postsecondary Education Programs

<p>There are a multitude of benefits associated with employment, which many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) are not afforded due to their struggles to find and maintain work. These poor employment outcomes are in part being addressed by the over 240 postsecondary education (PSE) programs for students with IDDs that exist on college and university campuses in the U.S., many of which include work experience as a program component. A sequential mixed methods study, featuring a quantitative survey and qualitative interviews, was conducted to explore barriers faced by PSE program staff when facilitating work experience engagements. Findings include the identification of common barriers to facilitating paid work experience for students in PSE programs as being: (a) transportation issues, (b) employer perceptions of the abilities of people with disabilities, (c) inadequate number of staff hours to support students in the workplace, and (d) finding time in the students’ schedule. A discussion about these findings, including implications and recommendations for future research, has also been provided.</p>

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<p>Scheef, A.R., Barrio, B.L., Poppen, M.I., McMahon, D., Miller, D. (2018). Exploring Barriers for Facilitating Work Experience Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Enrolled in Postsecondary Education Programs. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 31(3), 209-224.</p>

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2018
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