Employment experiences among young malaysian adults with learning disabilities

Dzalani Harun, Normah Che’ Din, Hanif Farhan Mohd Rasdi, Khadijah Shamsuddin

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The aim of this study was to describe the employment experiences of persons with learning disabilities (LDs) in developing countries, such as Malaysia. Factors associated with respondents’ employment were also determined. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among young adults with LD who left the special education programs in secondary schools in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Ninety young adults with LD, aged 18 to 25 years were interviewed face-to-face at an agreed upon convenient place on their working experiences after leaving secondary schools. A total of 13 respondents were excluded from the analysis because their intellectual quotient (IQ) score demonstrated a high possibility of intellectual disability with IQ estimation <70. Of the 77 young adults analyzed, 74.0% reported having work experience and 64.9% were working at the time of interview. Statistical analysis showed significant associations between individual, family, and community factors with respondents’ employment. Two factors made a unique statistically significant contribution to the model (gender, p = 0.043 and adult service: Financial support p = 0.012). This study suggests the current school-to-work transition program at secondary and post-secondary schools should be improved to better prepare young adults with LD with necessary skills relevant for the current job market so that they could improve their employability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

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Learning Disorders
Young Adult
Financial Support
Special Education
Malaysia
Disabled Persons
Intellectual Disability
Developing Countries
Cross-Sectional Studies
Interviews
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Employment
  • Learning disabilities
  • Transition
  • Young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Employment experiences among young malaysian adults with learning disabilities. / Harun, Dzalani; Din, Normah Che’; Rasdi, Hanif Farhan Mohd; Shamsuddin, Khadijah.

In: International journal of environmental research and public health, Vol. 17, No. 1, 115, 01.2020.

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