Life-skill and employment training for young adults with mental disabilities

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TitleLife-skill and employment training for young adults with mental disabilities
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractThis project aimed at facilitating life-skills and employment for young adults with mental disabilities by training parents, trainers and young people with disabilities themselves to take responsibility for the process. Eighteen task team members from three different contexts were formally trained by the staff from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) to assist young people with disabilities in different communities. Schools with protective workshops from low socio-economic areas including Mamelodi, Eersterust and Eldoradopark were identified to participate in the project. The project was conducted over a period of 12 months (1999-2000) and included a life-skills and an employment phase. During the evaluation phase of the project, it became clear that the parents and young adults as well as the trainers gained much from training. Specific reservations were, however, identified by some of the employers participating in the project. Finally, some conclusive comments are made together with recommendations for employment of young people with disabilities in the community.
AuthorsAlant, E.
Year of Publication2001
Date PublishedNov
PublicationSouth African Journal of Occupational Therapy
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Keywords (MeSH)disabled persons, employment, intellectual disability, training, young adult