This qualitative study explored employment experiences and perceived satisfaction of young adults with Down syndrome (DS) who recently exited high school, as reported by their caregivers (n = 101). We analyzed caregivers' open-ended responses about their young adults' type of employment (n = 52 were employed) and identified themes associated with reported satisfaction (for both employed and unemployed). Natural supports were key to caregiver satisfaction; few opportunities for paid, community-based employment and long waiting lists for formal services were related to caregiver dissatisfaction. Job fit (e.g., hours, responsibilities, location), socialization opportunities, and independence were related to caregiver and perceived young adult (dis)satisfaction. These findings highlight unmet service needs, including assistance with finding a job that is the right fit for the individual with DS.

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