In western industrialised societies young people are reaching markers of adulthood such as moving out of home, gaining full-time employment and having their own family much later. The term "emerging adulthood" has been used by Arnett (1999) and others to describe the lifespan period between 18 and 25. This period is used by young people to acquire skills and capabilities, for identity development and to build their independence away from their family and readies them for their adult life.

For young people with intellectual disability the opportunities to utilise this emerging adulthood period in the same way that other young adults do has been limited. This presentation will explore how services can be designed to support young people with intellectual disability in the emerging adulthood period to maximise their opportunities for long term economic participation.


Jenny Crosbie

PhD Student
Swinburne University

Jenny has over 30 years experience working with people with disabilities in a variety of roles including 10 years in disability employment and transition from school programs. She is currently a PhD student at Deakin University studying the experience of young people with intellectual disability in relation to economic participation.


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