|Institution:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||Organizational Leadership/ Development|
|Keywords:||academic achievement, assistive/adaptive technology, demonstration, emotional impact, enrichment, networking, role models, vocational rehabilitation|
|Full text PDF:||https://search.proquest.com/openview/3cfa47655cd1a4d481651a3d7b9bea12/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=18750&diss=y|
It was not known how the visually disabled perceived gaining employment or how perception affected employment seeking behaviors within this population. The purpose of this qualitative narrative study was to explore how the visually disabled perceived gaining employment and how perception affected employment seeking behaviors within this population. Action in Perception, and the enrichment perspective were used for this study. Data collection consisted of a list of questions for employed or unemployed participants, offered in print or braille, a demographics questionnaire, and interviews conducted faceto- face or by Zoom Pro. Research participants were 10 visually disabled participants 18 years and older residing in Texas. Theoretical thematic coding with an inductive analysis, hand coding, and NVivo were used for data analysis. Themes chosen prior to research were academic achievement, assistive technology, communication, self-advocacy, independence, interdependence, higher education, perception, vocational rehabilitation, and employment achievement. New themes that emerged during data collection were role models, networking, demonstration, emotional impact, self-employment, telework, and enrichment. Results showed the visually disabled perceived gaining employment as financial independence and perception affected employment seeking behaviors strongest through networking.