Master of Kinesiology (MKin)
Faculty of Science
Dr. Paula C. Fletcher
Emerging adulthood can be a stressful life stage due to the many life choices available and is especially challenging for emerging adults with disabilities (EADs) who face additional barriers in accessing supports and information regarding adult opportunities. This qualitative study investigated the experiences of transitioning to adulthood, and the role of a person-directed facilitation service, for EADs and their families.
Fourteen participants were recruited through purposeful and convenience sampling. Data collection procedures consisted of background questionnaires and one-on-one semi-structured interviews which were then thematically analyzed. Field notes, member checks and triangulation were used throughout the analysis process to ensure trustworthiness.
Three salient themes emerged which described participant perspectives of support, challenges, and overall experiences of EADs transitions to adulthood: Haves and Have Nots of Support, The Many Hats of Adulthood: Living with a Disability, and “Community is When People Notice You’re Not There”.
Transitioning to adulthood for people with disabilities and their families was a “challenging yet rewarding” process. This study was novel in its inclusion of EADs’ voices in formal research. Findings brought to light the diversity of journeys into adulthood. Although many hardships were discussed, positive aspects of the journeys into adulthood emerged which showed the role of independent facilitation, a concept which had not been formally studied previously.
Tang, Emily Christine, "THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES: TRANSITIONING TO ADULTHOOD AND THE ROLE OF INDEPENDENT FACILITATION" (2020). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 2314.