n Skills at Work: Theory and Practice Journal - Inclusion of individuals with cerebral palsy in the workplace

Volume 9 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1815-3666


Employment is a form of independence and self-acceptance, crucial to improving quality of life. This study explored the employment experiences of individuals with cerebral palsy and their colleagues. A descriptive, phenomenological, qualitative design was used within the context of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as a critical paradigm. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with six individuals with cerebral palsy who had full-time employment, and a colleague of each. Data was analysed using thematic analysis. Results revealed limitations in vocational education, skills development, job opportunities, physical accessibility, communication and transportation. Gaps were noted in implementing legislation regarding inclusion and equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Employment opportunities included financial independence, social aspects, contributing to society, educating others about disability, improved self-perception and the impact of employing a person with cerebral palsy.

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