Parent involvement in meaningful post-school experiences for young adults with IDD and pervasive support needs
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Citation (published version)Zachary Rossetti, Donna Lehr, Dana Pelerin, Shuoxi Huang, Leslie Lederer. 2016. "Parent Involvement in Meaningful Post-School Experiences for Young Adults With IDD and Pervasive Support Needs.." Intellect Dev Disabil, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp. 260 - 272.
Despite initiatives supporting young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to engage in post-secondary education and integrated employment, those with more intensive support needs are not as easily involved in these post-school experiences. In an effort to learn from positive examples, we examined parent involvement in meaningful post-school experiences by eight young adults with IDD and pervasive support needs. Secondary analysis of data from a prior interview study yielded this smaller sample of eight young adults with meaningful post-school experiences. Their parents were actively involved as fierce advocates and creative problem solvers. The active involvement of parents included: a) attitudinal facilitators, b) advocacy efforts and perceptions, and c) strategic actions. Implications for future research and practice are described.