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A Finnish study compared the career development, participation in vocational education, and working life 4 to 5 years after the completion of secondary school education of students with mild mental retardation (n=13) and students with other disabilities (n=72). Results found most of the subjects had completed their studies, however, only 25 percent were working and nearly half (45 percent) were unemployed. Subjects with multiple problems were more often employed, some of them in sheltered workshops. Subjects with only lenient neuropsychological problems, however, had suffered most from general unemployment. The situation of the subjects with mild mental retardation was better, with about half of them working (in sheltered workshops or in open labor markets). All of the subjects with mild mental retardation who were outside the labor market had severe mental health problems. Subjects with mental health problems were also found to have stagnated career lines. Overall, the situation of students with mild mental retardation was found to be quite moderate compared to some other special education pupils, who were more often unemployed and who had no pensions, no sheltered workshops, or no other support systems. Materials are provided in overhead presentation format and include data graphs. (CR)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Career Development, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Foreign Countries, Mental Health, Mild Mental Retardation, Performance Factors, Secondary Education, Sheltered Workshops, Supported Employment, Vocational Education











Author: Haapasalo, S.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12388&id=ED410729







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