The impact of employment on the quality of life of people with an intellectual disability

Ian Eggleton, Sue Robertson, Justine Ryan, Ralph Kober

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Abstract

This article reports the results of an evaluation of the impact on employment on the quality of life reported by a sample of people with an intellectual disability drawn from the register of Edge Employment Solutions incorporated, a large Australian competitive employment agency. Specifically, the article compares the quality of life of a group of individuals placed in open employment through the agency (some of who previously attended a sheltered workshop) with that of a matched sample of individuals seeking employment through the agency (all of whom were unemployed, but some of whom attended a sheltered workshop, whilst the others remained at home.) The results indicate that employed individuals report a statistically significantly higher quality of life than their unemployed counterparts. Amongst the employed group, no statistically significant difference in quality of life was reported by those who previously had attended a sheltered workshop and those who previously had remained at home. Amongst the unemployed group, no statistically significant difference in the quality of life reported by individuals attending a sheltered workshop and those remaining at home, was observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-107
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Volume13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Australia
  • Employment
  • Intellectual disability
  • Quality of life

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