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14-09-2020 | Original Paper Open Access

Evaluating a Postsecondary Education Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities: Leveraging the Parent Perspective

Tijdschrift:
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Auteurs:
Rumi Agarwal, Laura Heron, Shanna L. Burke
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Abstract

Postsecondary education (PSE) programs serving individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) aim to improve life outcomes by increasing skills in three key areas: academics, independent living, and employment. To ensure that PSE programs are successful, ongoing evaluations are necessary. It is particularly important to gather parental perspectives given the integral role they play regarding decision making for students with ID. This qualitative study analyzed data from 58 interviews conducted with parents whose child was enrolled in a PSE program nested within a large public university. Thematic analysis with a deductive approach was the established theoretical model used to guide the analysis. Themes related to capability, opportunity, motivation, and behavior are presented, and future recommendations for PSE programs are discussed.

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