Many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDD, have a legal guardian who assists them in making life decisions about housing, health, and employment. A recent analysis of data from the National Core Indicators (NCI) Adult Consumer Survey has found that people with IDD who were represented by a legal guardian were less likely to have paid employment than people who were their own legal guardians.
This finding may help us understand the role that legal guardians play in access to employment. If guardianship is a potential barrier to community-based work, then guardians need to be directly engaged in efforts to promote integrated employment.
Nye-Lengerman, Kelly; Narby, Caro; Pettingell, Sandra; and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, "How is guardianship status related to employment status for people with IDD? Findings from the National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey (Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue No. 10)" (2017). All Institute for Community Inclusion Publications. 67.