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Effective Career Planning for Job Seekers with Disabilities . Institute for Community Inclusion Umass Boston www.communityinclusion.org. Identify Yourself !. DISABILITY. What does it mean to you?. Disability. Includes wide range of conditions Impact on people’s lives varies

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Effective Career Planning

for

Job Seekers with Disabilities

Institute for Community Inclusion

Umass Boston

www.communityinclusion.org

disability
DISABILITY

What does it mean to you?

disability4
Disability
  • Includes wide range of conditions
  • Impact on people’s lives varies
  • Often not apparent
be careful of blanket assumptions about disability and people with disabilities

Be careful of blanket assumptions about disability and people with disabilities

Disability is individualized and idiosynchratic

one stop customers
One-Stop Customers
  • Job Seekers
  • Employers
marketing as education
Marketing as Education

Every conversation you have with an employer about an individual with a disability contains both implicit and explicit disability awareness education.

job seekers with disabilities
Job Seekers with Disabilities
  • People who have an apparent disability and/or disclose their disability to you
  • People who have a non-apparent disability and choose not to disclose
  • People who are not aware they have a disability
getting to know you current one stop assessment practices

Getting to Know You:Current One-Stop Assessment Practices

Interest inventories

Achievement tests

Aptitude tests

Personality assessments

Intelligence Testing

shortcomings of testing for people with disabilities
Shortcomings of Testing for People with Disabilities
  • When modified, scores are uncertain
  • Tests that reflect disability do not provide info about potential
  • Predictive assessments used in a different environment are limited
  • Norm-referenced difficulties: most pen/paper tests were standardized on people without disabilities
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HOW DO WE FIND OUT WHAT PEOPLE WANT?

What interests them?

What motivates them?

individualized career planning
Individualized Career Planning
  • Rally the troops
    • Tap into those resources!
    • Who knows them well? Who can help identify skills/abilities?
  • Develop a Vocational Profile
    • Likes and dislikes
    • Past experiences
    • Skills and abilities
    • See “Job Development Planning Tool”
  • Identify Employment Outcomes
    • Job choice
    • Environment of choice
  • Develop Placement Plan

-Matching interests & supports

critical elements of career planning
Critical Elements of Career Planning
  • Customer Driven
  • Focus on Desires, Strengths, Abilities
  • Get to Know Him/Her: Ask, “Why?”
  • Ongoing Process
  • Respecting Preferences and Choices
job seeker planning tool
Job Seeker Planning Tool
  • A good job is a good match.
  • What’s your profile?
alternative methods of exploration and assessment
Alternative Methods of Exploration and Assessment
  • What are they?
  • Who sets them up?
  • What can they tell you or your customer?
alternative assessments
Situational assessments

Job shadowing

Tours

Informational interviews

Volunteering

Taking a class

Alternative Assessments
how to
How to…
  • Use existing employer relationships
  • Use job development techniques
  • Use your customer’s and your networks
  • Be considerate of employer’s time and restrictions
  • Be clear about purpose and role
employer career research
Employer/Career Research
  • Information about labor market trends
  • Job requirements and environments
  • Level of education and experience
  • Availability of jobs
research resources
Research Resources
  • Job listings
  • Newspaper articles
  • Employer web sites
  • http://online.onetcenter.org/
long term employment success

Long Term Employment Success

Requires that potential support needs and barriers be identified and addressed, prior to placement

anticipating needs
Anticipating Needs
  • Individual support needs vary
  • Anticipate and address support needs during job search
  • Focus on needs on the job as well as external needs (e.g., housing) which can impact employment
  • Focus on concrete (e.g., transportation) & personal supports (e.g., need for supportive co-worker)
potential job support issues
Potential Job Support Issues
  • Transportation
  • Child care
  • Non-work meetings/appointments/obligations
  • Benefits management
  • Money management
  • Personal organization skills
  • Housing
  • Clothing/uniform
support on the job two areas to look at
Support on the Job:Two Areas to Look At
  • Accomplishing job tasks
  • Fitting into work culture &

understanding social rituals

addressing support needs
Addressing Support Needs
  • Identify and provide assistance in accessing resources (transportation, benefit planners)
  • Focus on potential placements which are good skill & work culture match with sufficient level of on-the-job supports
  • Accommodations: identify & arrange
  • Determine need for post placement support (job coach, counseling, peer support post-placement, etc.) and identify source