Career Guidance for Persons with Disabilities

  • Salvatore Soresi
  • Laura Nota
  • Lea Ferrari
  • V. Scott Solberg

In the last ten years important theoretical and applicative changes have taken place in the disability field that also have significant consequences for school-career guidance. Therefore, before dealing with the issue of career guidance for persons with disabilities it is appropriate to recall the new disability conceptualisations, formulated between the 1990s and the beginning of this century following the advice of research and social and health care workers and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (Soresi, 2006), in which our reflections on the issues of choice and career development will be anchored.

Traditionally, “disability” was considered a disease, negative trait, or deficit that a person possesses (Fabian & Liesener, 2005). Recently, an ecological-behavioural view of disability has emerged that treats a disability as an interaction between individuals and the environments in which they live (Nota, Rondal, & Soresi, 2002; Wehmeyer & Patton, 2000). Consequently, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR) itself have proposed a new classification system to guide in the management and planning of social and health care services (International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health – ICF, WHO, 2001; Definition, Classification, and System of Support Manual, Luckasson, Borthwick-Duffy, Buntinx, Coulter, Craig, Reeve et al., 2002).


European Union Mental Retardation Down Syndrome Intellectual Disability Career Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salvatore Soresi
    • 1
  • Laura Nota
    • 1
  • Lea Ferrari
    • 1
  • V. Scott Solberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Università degli Studi di PadovaItaly
  2. 2.University of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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