Quality of Life Outcomes Among Participants in an Inclusive Postsecondary Education Program at a Mid-Atlantic University
Keywords:secondary education, intellectual disability, outcomes, quality of life, inclusion
Students with intellectual disabilities attending an inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) program were interviewed about their perceptions of changes in qualities of life, as well as their use of time, autonomy, goals, and relationships. The results supported the conclusions that the students perceived significantly improved qualities of life, large increases in autonomy, and evidence of making new friends on campus. The method relied on students’ memory, and future work must utilize true pre and post designs to attain higher scientific confidence. Nonetheless, the results were strongly positive and supported the continuation and expansion of the model. Variations in IPSE models and degrees of campus inclusiveness are discussed.
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