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Citation:  Valentini, Brian; Carter, Erik W.; Bumble, Jennifer L.; & Hill, Elizabeth (2019). Employer views on school-business partnerships involving students with severe disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 50 (3), 365-377.
Title:  Employer views on school-business partnerships involving students with severe disabilities
Authors:  Valentini, Brian; Carter, Erik W.; Bumble, Jennifer L.; & Hill, Elizabeth
Year:  2019
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-191019
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...    |   PDF   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Qualitative research

Structured abstract:

Background:  Although school-business partnerships are essential elements of high-quality, community-based transition experiences, little is known about the perspective of employers on their work with schools and students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Purpose:  We conducted in-depth interviews with 13 diverse businesses providing community-based work experiences to local transition students.
Data collection and analysis:  We examined the perspectives and recommendations of employers regarding their partnerships with local community-based transition programs.
Findings:  Employers identified key factors leading them to participate, described the benefits they experienced, and highlighted challenges they encountered. They also offered advice for other employers and educators pursuing similar partnerships.
Conclusions:  We offer recommendations for future research and practice aimed at strengthening the quality and impact of school-business partnerships.

Disabilities served:  Cognitive / intellectual impairment
Developmental disabilities
Multiple disabilities
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Transition-age students (14 - 22)
Interventions:  Accommodations
Supported employment
Vocational rehabilitation
Community-based instruction
Customized employment
Transition services
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Full-time employment