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A conceptual approach to the work, leisure and retirement education of adults with an intellectual disability

Cordes, T. L.,

Published Literature

2005

The present study looked at using a conceptual approach to improve education in three domains: work, leisure and retirement.

In Study 1, sixty adults with an intellectual disability were interviewed to determine their existing concepts of work, leisure and retirement and their work and leisure histories. Most had solid concepts of work and leisure, but had done little or no on volunteering and retirement planning. In Study 2, these data were used to develop an instructional program that focused on gaps in knowledge of volunteer work, banking, budgeting and participation in satisfying leisure activities and in retirement planning. This instructional program was delivered to adults with an intellectual disability, with some success. This general conceptual approach can be usefully applied to teaching in other important domains with persons with an intellectual disability. They can be taught key concepts which they can use to live their lives more purposely and independently.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : UNSW doctoral thesis

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation, Economic participation

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