Improving Our Understanding of Unmet Needs Among Adults with a Developmental Disability

The School of Public Policy Publications, Volume 9:14, November 2017

8 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2017

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Jonathan Lai

McGill University

Stephanie Dunn

University of Calgary

Jennifer Zwicker

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy

Date Written: November 30, 2017

Abstract

Labour force participation is lowest for persons with developmental disabilities (DD) compared to any other disability in Canada, even though many are ready, willing and able to work. Those who are employed often work for below minimum wage and have minimum protection by labour legislation. Yet little detail is known about employment outcomes for persons with DD in a Canadian context. Using national population survey data, this study explored the unmet employment, education and daily living needs of persons with two types of developmental disability, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and cerebral palsy (CP; Zwicker, Zaresani and Emery 2017). Disability was cited as a key barrier to employment for those not in the labour force, highlighting an urgent need for policies that promote accessibility and equal opportunity, as well as improved workplace practices and employment services and supports. These findings contribute to a better understanding of the experiences and challenges pertaining to the workplace, education and social supports, necessary in designing policies that deliver efficient and equitable services and better address the needs of Canadians with DD – a group that has been largely absent from policy dialogue.

Suggested Citation

Lai, Jonathan and Dunn, Stephanie and Zwicker, Jennifer, Improving Our Understanding of Unmet Needs Among Adults with a Developmental Disability (November 30, 2017). The School of Public Policy Publications, Volume 9:14, November 2017 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3081904

Jonathan Lai (Contact Author)

McGill University ( email )

Stephanie Dunn

University of Calgary ( email )

University Drive
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Canada

Jennifer Zwicker

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy ( email )

Calgary, Alberta
Canada

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