The Effects of Psychosocial Factors on Career and Workforce Development for Students with Learning Disabilities
Individuals with learning disabilities are at a disadvantage when it comes to career and workforce development. Certain factors such as socioeconomic factors, parent’s educational level and occupations, as well as grade point average and previous work/volunteer experience affect factors that are imperative to the successful transition from school to work such as decision making, problem solving and career exploration. This segment of the population holds much potential for the advancement of our workforce and economy; however, they seem to be an untapped resource even though certain laws and incentives have been put into place to increase the hiring of these individuals. After identifying factors that negatively affect their workforce development, it is important that courses and/or workshops are put into place that will assist them when maneuvering through the challenges that come along with making decisions about careers and eventually moving into the workforce.