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Vocational aspirations of sheltered workshop workers with intellectual disability in Hong Kong
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research (JIDR), 1998, Volume 42 (Part 3), Seite 208-217, Oxford: Blackwell, ISSN: 0964-2633
In Hong Kong, the understanding of the vocational experience of sheltered workshop workers with intellectual disability is still relatively meagre. Twenty-three participants with intellectual disability and four professionals from their sheltered workshops were interviewed using mainly open-ended questions. Content analysis and constant comparative method were adopted to categorize the descriptive data into themes that were salient to the participants' vocational aspirations to try open employment.
The insider perspective showed that all participants were motivated to have employment. Thirteen participants with intellectual disability preferred to try open employment and they had individual vocational preferences which mainly belonged to unskilled and manual work. The professionals pointed out that sheltered workshop workers with intellectual disability needed professionals' assistance and parents' consent in moving on to open employment, and parents were the key people in this decision-making process.
These findings indicate that sheltered workshop workers with intellectual disability have limited self-determination in the work arena. The need to empower people with intellectual disability, improve the quality of sheltered employment services and increase the involvement of their family members are discussed.
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