student profile: Ms Michelle Brotherton


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Maintaining Social Inclusion in Retirement: The transition form open employment to retirement for workers with intellectual disability

Supervisors: Roger STANCLIFFE , Kate O'LOUGHLIN , Nathan WILSON

Thesis abstract:

Disability Employment Services have provided an opportunity for people with a significant intellectual disability to achieve employment in valued roles within Australian workplaces across a range of industries. After 30 years of these services in Australia, the first wave of people with intellectual disability who have had a working life in open employment are heading towards and into retirement. This research project is aimed at the next stage of life for this population, exploring how will they continue to engage in community activities that meet their interests and aspirations once they have retired? This is a two-phase, mixed methods study. Phase 1 of this research project explored the perceptions of retirement of older workers with intellectual disability and the barriers to mainstream participation in retirement. This was done through semi-structured individual interviews with workers aged 40 years or over (n=18) and recent retirees with intellectual disability (n=5) who were supported by a DES-ESS. Focus group interviews with employees of DES have also been undertaken. Phase 2 of this project is an evaluation of the effectiveness of a pilot program intervention in supporting socially-inclusive participation as people with intellectual disability transition from open employment to retirement. The pilot program, currently being implemented by Jobsupport, has been developed using the findings of Phase 1 of this study, the Transition to Retirement project (Stancliffe et al, 2013) and the job placement, training and ongoing support strategies of Jobsupport. The evaluation includes a case-control design of 40 participants (20 participants in the intervention group and 20 in a waitlist control group). Reference: Stancliffe, R. J., Wilson, N. J., Gambin, N., Bigby, C., and Balandin, S. (2013). Transition to retirement: A guide to inclusive practice. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Stancliffe, R., Brotherton, M., O'Loughlin, K., Wilson, N. (2017). Retirement. In Karrie A. Shogren, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Nirbhay N. Singh (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Psychology in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Translating Research into Practice, (pp. 339-355). Cham: Springer. [More Information]

Journals

  • Wilson, N., Jaques, H., Johnson, A., Brotherton, M. (2017). From social exclusion to supported inclusion: Adults with intellectual disability discuss their lived experiences of a structured social group. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30(5), 847-858. [More Information]
  • Brotherton, M., Stancliffe, R., Wilson, N., O'Loughlin, K. (2016). Supporting workers with intellectual disability in mainstream employment to transition to a socially inclusive retirement. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 41(1), 75-80. [More Information]
  • Brotherton, M., Stancliffe, R., Wilson, N. (2014). Retirement from mainstream employment: older workers with intellectual disabilities and their plans for life after work. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(4), 370-370.

Conferences

  • Brotherton, M., Stancliffe, R., Wilson, N., O'Loughlin, K. (2016). Retirement as the solution: Retirees with intellectual disability share their experience of retirement from mainstream employment. 15th World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Global Partnerships: Enhancing Research, Policy and Practice, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Brotherton, M., Stancliffe, R., Wilson, N. (2014). Retirement from mainstream employment: Older workers with ID and their plans for life after work. IASSIDD-Europe Conference, Vienna: IASSIDD-Europe Conference.

2017

  • Wilson, N., Jaques, H., Johnson, A., Brotherton, M. (2017). From social exclusion to supported inclusion: Adults with intellectual disability discuss their lived experiences of a structured social group. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30(5), 847-858. [More Information]
  • Stancliffe, R., Brotherton, M., O'Loughlin, K., Wilson, N. (2017). Retirement. In Karrie A. Shogren, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Nirbhay N. Singh (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Psychology in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Translating Research into Practice, (pp. 339-355). Cham: Springer. [More Information]

2016

  • Brotherton, M., Stancliffe, R., Wilson, N., O'Loughlin, K. (2016). Retirement as the solution: Retirees with intellectual disability share their experience of retirement from mainstream employment. 15th World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Global Partnerships: Enhancing Research, Policy and Practice, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Brotherton, M., Stancliffe, R., Wilson, N., O'Loughlin, K. (2016). Supporting workers with intellectual disability in mainstream employment to transition to a socially inclusive retirement. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 41(1), 75-80. [More Information]

2014

  • Brotherton, M., Stancliffe, R., Wilson, N. (2014). Retirement from mainstream employment: Older workers with ID and their plans for life after work. IASSIDD-Europe Conference, Vienna: IASSIDD-Europe Conference.
  • Brotherton, M., Stancliffe, R., Wilson, N. (2014). Retirement from mainstream employment: older workers with intellectual disabilities and their plans for life after work. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(4), 370-370.

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