Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Post high school transition to work: an examination of self-determination in young adults with intellectual disabilities participating in project search
by Strater, Kate, Ed.D., Northern Kentucky University, 2016, 185; 10157874
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Huss, John
Commitee: Allen, James G., Jones, Melissa
School: Northern Kentucky University
Department: Education Leadership
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
Publication Number: 10157874
ISBN: 9781369128918
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