Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Kinesiology (MKin)

Department

Kinesiology

Faculty/School

Faculty of Science

First Advisor

Dr. Paula C. Fletcher

Advisor Role

Supervisor

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Objective

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.

Methods

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.

Results

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”.

Conclusions

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.

Convocation Year

2020

Convocation Season

Fall

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