Understanding the perceptions of people with physical disability before and after an employment mentorship program (2019)
Introduction-People with disabilities face numerous employment barriers. Disability benefitssystems do not always meet beneficiary’s needs for financial stability, nor do they supportpursuit of employment as one of the criteria for benefits is “unemployable’.Objective- This study investigates the perspective on employment persons with disabilities havebefore and after their participation in an 8-month Employment Mentorship Support Program.Methods- Pre and post-intervention interviews with people with physical disabilities wereconducted and included questions related to disability benefits, goals for the program, and anyconcerns they might have. The thematic analysis of this interview data was guided byinterpretive description where the researcher used their disciplinary lens and knowledge tounderstand the phenomenon and to interpret its usefulness.Results- This thesis provides the results of the thematic analysis and a comprehensive view ofthese themes (accessibility, the right to work, difficulties obtaining work, mentorshipexpectations, and contributing to society).Conclusion- In order for change to occur in the employment sector, it is essential that appropriatepre-vocational worker skills and appropriate supports are in place. This research will informfuture programs about the perspective of and issues faced by people with disabilities consideringemployment, and provide decision makers with systematic evidence to better shape the disabilitybenefits system.