Transition To Adulthood For Young Adults With Down Syndrome: Best Practice

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Hannah Cary (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Robert Broce

Abstract: Individuals with Down Syndrome, or other conditions that affect both physical and cognitive functioning, can have a difficult time navigating the transition to adulthood. Transition to adulthood can be challenging for all individuals, but especially for those that are developmentally delayed and may need additional support moving toward independence. Transition to adulthood is also one of the most life changing and impactful stages in one’s life and can have far-reaching effects into an individual’s future. This thesis explores what can be done during the process of transitioning to adulthood to support individuals with Down Syndrome in developing quality, meaningful adult lives. Transitional factors include social life, employment, living arrangements, and overall health and well-being. This literature review explores the challenges to successful adult transition and seeks to identify potential best-practice solutions through a multi-systemic lens. Many of the studies in this area focus on the lived experiences of individuals with Down Syndrome, and suggest that inclusive policies and organizations, person-centered planning, and long-term goal oriented programs are the most helpful. While there have been strides in making employment and other services more inclusive and comprehensive for this population, accessibility and funding are still significant challenges.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Cary, H. (2018). "Transition To Adulthood For Young Adults With Down Syndrome: Best Practice." Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2018
Down Syndrome, Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Employment, Policy, Transition to Adulthood

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