What about Post-School Outcomes for People with Intellectual Disabilties?

Written by Dr. Betty Patten

The post-school outcomes for individuals with intellectual disabilities can vary widely depending on factors such as the severity of their disability, the support they receive, and their individual abilities and interests. However, in general, individuals with intellectual disabilities may face challenges in achieving certain post-school outcomes, such as employment, independent living, and community participation.

  1. Employment: Individuals with intellectual disabilities may have difficulty finding and maintaining employment. They may be more likely to work in segregated or supported work settings, and may have lower wages and fewer opportunities for advancement than their non-disabled peers.

  2. Independent living: Individuals with intellectual disabilities may have difficulty living independently. They may require assistance with daily living skills, such as cooking and cleaning, and may need support with financial management.

  3. Community participation: Individuals with intellectual disabilities may have difficulty participating in their communities. They may face barriers to accessing transportation, recreational activities, and other community resources, and may experience social isolation.

  4. Post-secondary education: Individuals with intellectual disabilities may have difficulty accessing post-secondary education and training opportunities. They may require additional support services and accommodations to participate in college or vocational programs.

  5. Health and well-being: Individuals with intellectual disabilities may have higher rates of physical health problems, mental health problems and may have a shorter life expectancy.

It's important to note that post-school outcomes for individuals with intellectual disabilities can be improved through appropriate support, accommodations and inclusive education. Inclusive education and transition planning can help to prepare them for adult life, and community-based support services can help to ensure that they are able to access the resources they need to live independently and participate in their communities.

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