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Work Readiness and Job Satisfaction of Youth with Intellectual Disabilities Participating in a Supported Employment Program


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A summer supported employment program was provided by a vocational rehabilitation agency to prepare transition-aged youth with intellectual disabilities for the workforce. The purpose of this study was to examine the views of youth with intellectual disabilities on their pre-post program work readiness and job satisfaction using survey methodology. Although youth seemed generally satisfied with their jobs, they reported no significant change in their perceived job readiness, and their job coaches also reported similar perceptions.

As a summer program, the duration may not have been adequate to increase youth’s views of their work readiness at this time. For summer supported employment programs, obtaining youth participant insight and feedback, although sometimes a challenging task, can assist in making program refinements.