Using a Collaborative Process to Develop Goals and Self-Management Interventions to Support Young Adults With Disabilities at Work

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Rehabilitation, Research, Policy and Education




Purpose: This study examined the impact of using a collaborative process with person-centered teams and a functional assessment of problems in the workplace to design individualized goals and self-management interventions to support young adults with disabilities. These young adults had achieved employment through a customized employment process but were beginning to face challenges maintaining and advancing in their job roles.

Method: A single subject, multiple baseline study was conducted with three individuals ages 22–29 years with autism and/or intellectual disability to determine the impact of the intervention on on-task behavior and job task completion.

Results: The results suggest that the process can lead to meaningful change in the on-task and job completion behavior of young adults with disabilities in inclusive employment settings, although there were limitations.

Conclusion: The findings, outcomes, and implications confirm and extend our understanding of the impact of person-centered teams, goal setting, functional assessment, and self-management after young adults with disabilities are employed in community-based settings.