Week 5 Assignment 2: Article Analysis
In this assignment, you will critically evaluate articles in the field of adult development. Each week, you will read two articles
Annual Editions: Human Development 9/10
(see the weekly readings for the chosen articles). For each article, do the
Write a summary.
Describe the main points of the article and how it relates to the week’s course and text readings.
Evaluate the article on the basis of your own thoughts and perspectives on the topic covered.
Article 35: The Wonder of Work
A grumbling and disenchanted workforce can learn a lot about gratitude from
those who treasure any job they can get—individuals with mental retardation
and other severe developmental disabilities.
Teri S. Arnold
Is your place of business driving you crazy? Do your coworkers get on your nerves? There is no
question that being on the job can test your patience by lifting you up, tearing you down, or
sometimes completely ignoring your contributions. It can be a place of passion and drive or a
place of frustrated and burnt out clock-watchers. Yet, there are many, many people with mental
retardation and other severe disabilities who have a refreshingly honest point of view about work
and how attitudes on the job can greatly affect happiness and job satisfaction. We all can learn a
lot from how they choose to see the world.
Be grateful that you have a job to go to every morning.
Some 20,300,000 people with severe
developmental disabilities are unemployed in this country, and consequently often suffer
mentally and physically, while digressing developmentally. Those who have a job, however,
come into work with big smiles on their faces. They want to come to work on the weekends,
holidays, and even during inclement weather because they know how it dramatically affects theft
lives for the better. Regardless of who you are, having a job and a purpose in life is essential to
self-esteem, independence, and overall well-being. It might be difficult to drag yourself out of
bed on Monday morning, but without a job to go to, your quality of life would suffer immensely.
Each and every job—no matter how small it may appear—is important.
Whether you have
difficulty communicating, moving, hearing, seeing, or comprehending, every job for a person
with a severe disability is important. To someone without a disability, putting a cable into a bag
can seem monotonous and boring. It may appear to be just a very minute part of a larger
contractual obligation with an outside company but, to the individuals performing the task, it is
their one chance to be like everyone else. When they are on the job, they are not people with
mental retardation; they are coworkers and an essential part of a team with goals and objectives.
Status and titles have no meaning here because everyone is a vital cog in the company’s success.