Finding a way to work…

looking at work and learning in the lives of young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Roughly 93% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have no paid employment – and this is an absence that has pervasive implications for their lives. ‘Finding a way to work’ is looking at a ‘self-build’ form of supported work that may be open to young people in this group. It involves young people who have found a way to work that suits them and are following their inetersts with the support of a Personal Assistant. It will consider how far working in this way may deliver some of the ‘goods of work other than money’ (Gheaus and Herzog, 2016) – especially the learning that comes from participating, making a social contribution, experiencing community and gaining social recognition.