The perception of supported employment for disabled persons in a laundry shop : a study on workers and staff's perspectives

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The perception of supported employment for disabled persons in a laundry shop : a study on workers and staff's perspectives

 

Author: Fung, Ching-man Jenny
Title: The perception of supported employment for disabled persons in a laundry shop : a study on workers and staff's perspectives
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1998
Subject: People with disabilities -- Employment -- China -- Hong Kong -- Case studies
Vocational rehabilitation -- China -- Hong Kong -- Case studies
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences
Pages: viii, 107 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1442191
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/2165
Abstract: Supported employment has been implemented in Hong Kong since 1988 by the Social Welfare Department as a pilot project to increase employment opportunities for people with disability. Among the four common operational models for supported employment used in Hong Kong, a laundry shop operated under the model of Small Business Effort is chosen as the focus for this study. This is an exploratory study to investigate the perception of supported employment among the disabled workers and staff in a laundry shop. It aims to find out how the workers perceived the service and the reasons for using it. It also attempts to describe the impact of such service on the staff and disabled workers. This study employed qualitative methods including focus group discussions, semi-structured interviews and participant observations. The data was analysed by inductive method through the process of coding, content analysis and triangulation to uncover patterns and themes, and eventually derive meaning from all information to gain an in-depth understanding of the service. The findings indicated that both clients and staff shared some but different viewpoints on the existing service, including the service needs, expectations and underlying reasons for working in the Supported Employment Unit. It was found that the staff, workers and workers' families had different agenda in perceiving the service. However, the whole supported employment unit was under great control of the staff.

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