A Preliminary Study on Enabling Youth with Intellectual Disability Learn Livelihood Skills with Making Bags from Recycled Tetra Packs as Example
Kristina Maja Nicolas-Glodo M.A. Ed; Lutze-Sol A. Vidal, M.A.Ed.

The study was conducted to see whether people with intellectual disabilities (IDs), belonging to age group classified by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) as youth with intellectual disabilities can acquire the necessary competencies and skills in making bags using recycled tetra packs as model for livelihood training. The ability to learn these skills may allow those with intellectual disabilities a livelihood that may sustain them financially and allow them to live independently within their community. The study was undertaken in 2 public schools in an urban setting (Metro Manila) in the Philippines with self-contained transition class for people with ID. Seventeen (17) selected participants aged 16-24 underwent training consisting of: (1) lecture and demo; (2) hands-on; (3) semi-independent performance; and (4) independent performance. Using four (4) modules and a combined quantitative and qualitative research design, the study determined work knowledge, skills, and behavior of the participants before and after the training. The results of this study show significant differences in these parameters. Thus, it is possible for youth with ID to learn skills that may help them provide for themselves and facilitate their inclusion in alternative livelihood programs in the absence of support groups and equal opportunities in employment in the Philippines.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jehd.v7n4a6