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Where Next? Aspirations and Achievements

Session 
5.1a
Research
  • Janice Murray
  • Helen Whittle
Summary

Despite the technological advances made in AAC in recent years and the changes in legislation and policy, employment for those with significant disabilities is still a challenge. In 2003 fewer than 40% of adults with disabilities between the ages of 16-64 were reported to be employed in an American survey. For those with physical and communication impairments the results are lower, with the estimate being below 15%.

There are many benefits to employment for those with disabilities. People with disabilities in employment are more autonomous and can have higher self esteem than their unemployed peers. They also tend to be viewed in a more favourable light by others around them including their neighbours.

A few success stories exist and by looking at these we may learn useful lessons to help more PWUAAC become employed in the future. This session will bring together existing research about the barriers and achievements of PWUAAC in the world of work and pinpoint where research should look next to provide effective support into employment for PWUAAC. 

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
Adolescent
Adult
Interest 
Topic of interest to people who use AAC
Transition
Mainstream
Special
Further/Higher Education