The value of competitive employment: In-depth accounts of people with intellectual disabilities

M. A. C. Voermans*, E. F. Taminiau-Bloem, S. A. H. Giesbers, P. J. C. M. Embregts

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Abstract

Background
Increasing the societal participation of people with intellectual disabilities via competitive employment requires a full understanding of what this means to them. This paper aims to provide an in‐depth examination of the lived experiences of people with intellectual disabilities in competitive employment.

Method
Interviews were conducted with six participants with mild intellectual disability or borderline functioning and good verbal communication skills. Interviews were analysed according to the guidelines of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Member checks were conducted.

Results
Analysis yielded three main themes: (a) Building on my life experiences, (b) My place at work and (c) Being a valuable member of society, like everyone else.

Conclusions
Competitive employment could make a substantial contribution to the sense of belonging to society and quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities. Nevertheless, they must cope with stigma‐related obstacles and feelings of being dependent on others in the work environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-249
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • ADULTS
  • INCLUSION
  • INTEGRATED EMPLOYMENT
  • JOB-SATISFACTION
  • PRODUCTIVITY
  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • SHELTERED EMPLOYMENT
  • STIGMA
  • WORK
  • competitive employment
  • intellectual disabilities
  • interpretative phenomenological analysis
  • participation
  • qualitative research

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