Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
This literature review with an application emphasis examines barriers to employment that adolescents and young adults with intellectual disabilities face and looks at what high schools are doing to help them prepare for a job during and after high school. The responsibility to prepare adolescents and young adults with intellectual disabilities for employment falls on many people and should start early. Employability skills should be taught and practiced so that young people are prepared for employment. The research based applications are a handout of frequently employer-asked questions, a four-day unit plan focusing on employability skills, and a resource directory for families and educators to help young adults with intellectual disabilities find programs to assist them with employment and life outside of high school.