The employment experiences of an adult with Down Syndrome

McAllister, J. N. (2008-12)

Thesis (MEdPsych (Educational Psychology)--Stellenbosch University, 2008.


The research aims to investigate the employment experiences of a South African adult with Down syndrome, and to explore whether this improves the quality of life for this adult across several areas of functioning. This qualitative research design is situated within an interpretive research paradigm. A Case study method was used. Data have been produced using multiple sources and techniques to enhance validity. These include interviews, observation, field notes and questionnaires. Full account has been taken of ethical considerations. The case study shows that this adult with Mosaic Down syndrome and intellectual disability, who is permanently employed in the open labour market, is seen as an asset by the company. Training and support have benefited him and extra supervision and attention needed are minimal. His skills, attitudes, and family support have also enhanced his quality of life. This adult's employment experiences have contributed to a culture of acceptance of and openness to intellectual disability in the formal industrial sector. This is an example of what can be accomplished regardless of intellectual disability. As this is a case study the generalisation of the findings are limited.

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