Korean Immigrant Parents’ Expectations about Post-school Outcomes for Children with Severe Disabilities

This qualitative case study investigated Korean immigrant parents’ hopes, barriers, and concerns about their adolescent children’s transition to adulthood. Three Korean immigrant parents of adolescents with severe disabilities participated in this study. An in-depth, semi-structured phone interview was conducted with each parent. Three themes emerged from the data analysis: (a) visions for the future, (b) barriers to post-school outcomes, and (c) concerns for the future.

Participants in this session will be able to understand Korean immigrant parents’ perceptions of (a) what a successful adult life is for adolescents with severe disabilities after high school, (b) what barriers exist for adolescents with severe disabilities to achieving a successful adult life, and (c) what concerns exist for adolescents with severe disabilities to become an adult.

 

Hyun Ju Kang