Research on Employment Supports for People with Disabilities: Summary of the Focus Group Findings. FOCUS GROUP METHODOLOGY

The focus groups are the primary component of the study, and are designed to generate rich data about the employment experiences of working people with significant disabilities. The focus group protocol was designed to identify and recruit persons with disabilities that began early in life, who are successfully employed, and who represent persons with different types of impairments. The focus groups solicited qualitative information about the supports that contributed to work success utilized during three distinct periods: during childhood; at the time the individual was seeking his/her first post-school job; and at present. The effort is exploratory in nature, and intended to identify the range of supports that are most instrumental to participants' success, supports that would have been helpful had they been available, and difficulties individuals experienced accessing or utilizing specific supports. Below, we describe the methodology used to select the sites and conduct the focus groups.