Postsecondary Education and Employment Outcomes of Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada

By Cheryll Duquette.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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This paper is a synthesis of the research on the postsecondary experiences and employment outcomes of adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Several articles and reports from different search engines provided data on the post-school outcomes of adolescents and young adults with FASD. The literature search revealed that many young adults with FASD do not attend college and if they do, completion appears to be related to institutional factors, personal attributes, and family support. The research also shows that many adults with FASD have employment problems, including those who attended a postsecondary institution, and are unlikely to live independently. It is recommended that the public be made aware of the long-term effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol and that health care professionals, social workers, employers, and college faculty recognize the symptoms of FASD so that appropriate support may be provided.

Keywords: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Adults, Special Education

The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 21, Issue 2, February 2015, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 28, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 473.970KB)).

Dr. Cheryll Duquette

Professor, Faculty of Education, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada