Dr. Jane Finn and Dr. Libbey Horton, Department: Education
A qualitative study was completed to find if transition related skills of the young adults with intellectual disabilities improved while living for five years at the Friendship House. The Friendship House is a special dorm where individuals with intellectual disabilities live side by side with graduate students. Each of these young adults with intellectual disabilities were interviewed with an instrument that aligned with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) entitled the Transition Planning Inventory (TPI). Findings from the TPI show that living at the Friendship House has helped these individuals improve their IDEA transition related skills of employment, home living, recreation/leisure and community participation. Areas of continual improvement include self-determination skills and social skills. Overall, the individuals with intellectual disabilities have grown in their IDEA transition related skills while living in this unique dorm.
Repository citation: Maas, Caitlin; Fowler, Emma; and VanRemmen, Taylor, "I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends" (2017). 16th Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance (2017). Paper 156.
April 21, 2017. Copyright © 2017 Hope College, Holland, Michigan.