Using qualitative methods, this study examined the experiences of individuals with intellectual disabilities (IDs) in sheltered workshops and compared them to those in community employment. In particular, the study investigated how employment affects opportunities for the creation of social capital. Primary respondents were individuals with ID and secondary respondents were family members and employment services staff. Findings revealed that a form of social capital was created through workplace connections. Community employment did not increase social capital per se, but it did produce opportunities not available in the workshop. The role of family members emerged as critical in the support of community employment and its potential for social capital development.
Hall, A. C., & Kramer, J. (2009). Social capital through workplace connections: opportunities for workers with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 8(3–4), 146–70. https://doi.org/10.1080/15367100903200452
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