Employment and Volunteering for Adults With Intellectual Disability
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Employment is a fundamental part of adult life. Adults with intellectual disability (ID) face multiple barriers to employment, however, and are underrepresented in the paid workforce. Formal volunteering has been promoted as both a stepping stone and an alternative to employment for some adults with disability. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of research findings relating to volunteering and employment for work-age adults with ID. Few studies have examined the experiences of adults with ID who volunteer. The findings indicate that volunteering alone is unlikely to lead to employment for adults with ID. However, some adults with ID view volunteering as a meaningful and desirable alternative to paid work. There is a need for further research to examine the relationship between volunteering and employment for adults with ID. In addition, there is a need for practice guidelines to ensure that the outcomes for adults with ID who volunteer, and those who seek paid employment, are successful.
Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
© 2010 International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Employment and Volunteering for Adults With Intellectual Disability, Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, Volume 7, Issue 4, 2010, pages 235–238 which has been published in final form at dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-1130.2010.00271.x.
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