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Transitional services for youth with developmental disabilities: Living in college dorms

By Abbie Kirkendall and Howard J. Doueck


This study evaluates the impact of a college-based dormitory program on transitioning youth with intellectual disabilities. a qualitative study, with interviews at pre and post, was conducted to evaluate the program’s impact. Data were collected with semistructured interviews from young adults with intellectual disabilities who participated in a college-based residential program and their parents or guardians. Three general themes emerged from the data: Participants reported experiences that were (a) typical of normative life transitions, (b) typical of growing pains associated with significant life transitions and learn-ing new skills, and (c) one step forward. Results indicate that the experience of living away from home for the first time was in some ways comparable to that of a typical college student. Improvement in life skills, including increased awareness of personal goals, enhanced vocational goals, increased maturity or assertiveness, was reported. Respondents were generally satisfied with the program

Topics: developmental disabilities
Year: 2009
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