Challenges encountered by young adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) during the transition from high school to employment have great potential to limit an individual’s opportunity and/or capacity for self-determination regarding employment. This mixed-method study is focused on defining the characteristics of self-determined people and examining the challenges to self-determination experienced by a group of nine Project SEARCH interns with ID. Through field observations as well as initial and final interviews, photographs, goal-reporting, and administration of the AIR Self-Determination Scale, the challenges discovered among the Project SEARCH interns included those related to communication; social interaction and awareness; work skill development; emotional control; disposition, positive attitude, and work ethic; and seeing oneself outside of the current work experience. It further examined how intern experiences, interactions, and individualized supports available during the Project SEARCH year contributed to an intern’s positive growth and change in the self-determination characteristics directly related to his/her identified challenges.
|Commitee:||Allen, James G., Jones, Melissa|
|School:||Northern Kentucky University|
|School Location:||United States -- Kentucky|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Special education, Vocational education|
|Keywords:||Intellectual disabilities, Self-determination, Transition|
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