Facilitating factors for the job placement of workers with intellectual disabilities: supervisors and coworker mentors perspectives

Miquel Àngel Pellicena, Ignasi Ivern, Climent Giné, Olga Múries

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to contribute to a better understanding of organizational strategies, attitudes and supports that can help people with intellectual disabilities to access competitive jobs through supported employment. Design/methodology/approach: A multiple case study was carried out based on an intentional sampling involving the coworker mentors of six people with intellectual disabilities currently working in standardized environments. Semi-structured interviews were performed with the participants, and an inductive thematic analysis was used for data analysis. Findings: The study identified five critical factors in the work of people with intellectual disabilities in standardized work environments, which potentially could act as facilitators or as obstacles, depending on how they were managed. The study also identified two key factors that acted mainly as facilitators and one as an obstacle. Originality/value: The study reveals the existence of factors that sometimes act as facilitators and sometimes as obstacles, depending on how they are managed by the company leaders or the disabled worker himself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-227
Number of pages15
JournalAdvances in mental health and intellectual disabilities
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Case study
  • Coworker mentor
  • Intellectual disability
  • Job placement
  • Quality of life
  • Supported employment

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