Employment leads to independent living and self-advocacy : a comparative study of employed and unemployed persons with cognitive disabilities

SHARMA, Raj Narayan
SINGH, Shobra
KUTTY, A T Thressia

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2006
p 50-60

[Authors' abstract] : The main purpose of this study was to measure the effect of employment on independent living and self-advocacy of persons with cognitive disabilities. The other purposes of the paper were to measure the effect of severity of disability and type of employment, on self-advocacy skills and independent living skills. A ten item-five point rating scale was developed to measure the independence level and self advocacy of persons with cognitive disabilities. A qualitative and quantitative study of fifty unemployed and fifty employed persons with cognitive disabilities was carried out. The results were statistically analysed and a significant difference was found between the groups, with the unemployed persons with cognitive disabilities scoring significantly lower in independent living and self-advocacy skills. Those in open employment showed more independent living and self-advocacy skills than those in group employment. The practical implications of the findings of this study are discussed

Serial Title:Asia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal Serial Part:vol. 17(1) 

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