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Revista Brasileira de Educação Especial

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RIANO-GALAN, Ana; RODRIGUEZ-MARTIN, Alejandro; GARCIA-RUIZ, Rosa  e  ALVAREZ-ARREGUI, Emilio. Transition to active life of people with disabilities: family expectations and degree of work adjustment. Rev. bras. educ. espec. [online]. 2014, vol.20, n.2, pp.283-302. ISSN 1413-6538.

People with mental or physical disabilities have the right to join the labour market in order to be active, independent citizens with a sufficient standard of living, which is a challenge that must be met. In this paper we discuss the theme of intellectual disability. In terms of education, the Specialised Workshops included in Initial Professional Qualification Programmes (PCPI for its initials in Spanish) offer suitable training in social, personal and work skills for this group of people. The results of applying a Job Placement Itinerary within a European project framework, which involved students from three schools in Finland, Spain and Denmark as well as their families, are presented in this paper. To measure the degree of work adjustment these young people have responded to the Work Adjustment Inventory-WAI and their families were interviewed. The results have determined that the designed job placement itinerary constitutes a suitable training option for these students and emphasized that the degree of work adjustment is related to the individual’s level of activity, empathy, sociability and assertiveness. Through the interviews it was possible to identify the profile of these students’ families and their expectations about the future of their children. The final conclusions underscore the high expectations of families for the inclusion of their children, as well as the high value placed on the designed itinerary as a key strategy for more comprehensive training and suitable social and labour integration.

Palavras-chave : Institutions of Special Education; Education-Work Relations; Special Education; Methods of Professional Education; Youth and Adult Education.

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