Improving Employee Handbook Comprehension for College Students with Intellectual Disability

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Summer 2022

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Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education




Independent access to text is important to employment and critical for postsecondary success; however, literacy deficits make access to text challenging for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Limited access to employment policies and procedures leaves individuals at a disadvantage. This study examines the text comprehension of employee policies and procedures for four college students with ID through a universally designed employee handbook, graphic organizers, and systematic instruction. Results indicate that participants improved in text comprehension and independent navigation of accessibility functions in iPads®, an important skill in a technology-based culture. Recommendations and implications for practice and further research are also discussed.


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