A Post Program Survey of Graduates from a College-Based Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Keywords:postsecondary education, transition
This study describes the outcomes of a four-year college-based certificate program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. This study considers outcomes in the traditional areas of transition to adult life (academic, employment, independent living outcomes), as well as the overall impact of the program in the areas of human development (ie. social-emotional growth) or maturity toward adulthood. Finding from surveys completed by 51 graduates of this program indicated that through this program, graduates increased confidence and skills necessary for independent living, employment, and securing age-appropriate social relationships. Results also highlighted areas for continued support post-graduation in the area of employment and independent living to address known obstacles in these areas for adults with intellectual disabilities.