Organization: Texas A&M University College Station, Texas, United States
Co-presenters: Dr. James Sinclair, University of Oregon and Dr. David Blustein, Boston College | United States
Presentation: Work as a Means to Thrive, Survive, and Feel Alive
Description: Based on research studies, we will present on the employment rate for working-age adults (ages 18–64) with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and note that this rate has been historically low for decades. We will touch on making meaningful ways to fulfill needs and aspirations; systemic lived experiences of adults with IDD and their views of work, job duties, and responsibilities; career trajectory; social connections; work goals and challenges; and the impact of disability, family, and role models.