Employment readiness among adolescents with and without disabilities

Employment readiness


Are today’s teens ready for employment? Do they have the skills employers want? Is it harder for teens with disabilities? Many youth find the transition to adulthood and entry into the labour market challenging. This is particularly so for youth with disabilities who often have fewer opportunities for volunteer and paid work. It is important to provide youth with support and employment skills to prevent difficulties later on in obtaining paid work. Research evidence shows that developing employment-related skills and work experiences during high school predicts favourable employment outcomes in early adulthood, including earnings. We are currently exploring employment readiness skills to further develop programming and services for youth.


Sally Lindsay, PhD,Carolyn McDougall, Dolly Menna-Dack, Tracey Adams, Robyn Sanford, Shauna Kingsnorth

Funding Agency

Social Science and Humanities Research Council (2011-2014)

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