Date of Award

5-2020

Culminating Project Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.

Department

Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy

College

School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Michele Traub

Second Advisor

Benjamin Witts

Third Advisor

Kimberly Schulze

Fourth Advisor

Odessa Luna

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Vocational skills, readiness, disabilities, assessment

Abstract

Individuals diagnosed with disabilities impacting cognitive development often face challenges when attempting to enter the workforce in adulthood. Some supported employment models provide modifications for acquiring and retaining vocational placement positions; however, there exists a lack of structured procedures for assessing the pre-requisite skills necessary for workplace readiness. The current study describes the procedures used to develop a vocational skills pre-requisite assessment tool for individuals with disabilities, with a focus on a generalizable repertoire of skills that would be required across various workplaces. Clinicians and employers working with individuals with disabilities were interviewed and recruited to participate in a Q-sort ranking procedure to select items for inclusion on this tool. Subsequent acceptability questionnaires were distributed to collect preliminary social validity data for the developed tool. Potential applications of this assessment and suggestions for future validity testing are discussed.

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