Intellectually-disabled (ID) Youth Employment

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Overseas studies suggest that open employment of disabled persons [including the intellectually-disabled (ID)] benefits not only them personally, but also brings much positivity to businesses, public spending, and social inclusion. Open employment usually refers to gainful employment in the general labor market. The ultimate aims of promoting open employment of the disabled are social integration and financial independence. The Hong Kong Government has allocated considerable resources to nurturing and educating the ID from an early age, nonetheless, the chance to open employment still evades many of them. This study aims to determine the hindering factors behind open employment for the ID; mulling over the views of stakeholders, public policy delivery, service provisions, as well as related overseas experience. Eventually the Project Team put forward a number of recommendations in view of the findings.

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