Give Me a Job, Give Me Security, Give Me a Chance to Survive: Article from IJDCR
Inclusion Alberta is pleased to announce that the International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation is now published under the umbrella of our organization.
The mandate of the IJDCR is to build the knowledge base of critical enquiry at the intersection of disability, community and rehabilitation, among practitioners, consumers and researchers.
The IJDCR seeks to present both regional and internationally comparative voices and perspectives from Canada and internationally.
To read IJDCR‘s most current issue, please click here.
IJDCR’s most current article, titled “Give Me a Job, Give Me Security, Give Me a Chance to Survive:” A preliminary study of employment among postsecondary graduates with disabilities”
The goal of this study was to explore the job search process (e.g., duration, sources of information regarding job opportunities) and strategies, including factors that assist postsecondary graduates with disabilities. We highlight the fact that postsecondary education seems to mitigate a lot of barriers associated with obtaining employment when an individual has one or more disabilities. Supportive factors most often cited by our participants were contacts, volunteer work or internship, work experience and skill set. Participants were also asked to provide advice to other graduates with disabilities who were searching for a job. We categorized this advice into the “four P’s” of employment: practical (technical and down to earth), personal (qualities), professional experience (experience in the field), and people (contacts and networking). It is important to mention that the advice provided by our participants not only applies to graduates with disabilities, but also to the population of postsecondary graduates without disabilities. The question of whether or not to disclose one’s disability is also addressed. Finally, we discuss future directions for research pertaining to employment and postsecondary graduates with disabilities.