Griffin, David Hammis, & Tammara Geary
This forward-thinking guide walks employment
specialists step by step through customized job development for people with
disabilities, revealing the best ways to build a satisfying, meaningful job
around a person's preferences, skills, and goals. Internationally known for
their innovative, proactive job development strategies, the authors motivate
readers to expand the way they think about employment opportunities and
develop creative solutions.
Readers will get fresh, proven tips and ideas for
every aspect of job development for youth and adults with significant
discovering who the person is and what he or she
ensuring goodness of fit between employer and
finding - or creating
- "hidden jobs" in smaller
empowering people through resource ownership
(investing in resources that employers need)
skillfully negotiating job duties while managing
conflicts that might arise
creatively maximizing benefits using social
security work incentives
encouraging family support while respecting the
individual as an adult
To make each part of job development easier, the
book arms readers with practical content they can really use:
easy-to-follow, step-by-step guidelines; checklists of critical questions to
answer; success stories in both urban and rural settings; and sample
scenarios, dialogues, and interview questions.
Equally useful to veteran professionals and those
just starting out, this compelling guidebook breathes new life into the job
development process and helps readers imagine a wider world of employment
opportunities for people with disabilities.
Introduction to Customized Job Development
Discovery: The Foundation of Job Development
Job Matching and Analysis: Exploring Worksite
Ecology and Seeking Goodness of Fit
Person-Centered Job Development Strategy:
Finding the Jobs Behind the Jobs
Active Employer Councils: Leveraging the
Networking Power of the Community
Resource Ownership: Self-Determined Economic
Interest-Based Negotiation, Problem Solving, and
Job Carving: Jobs that Fit an Individual's Ideal
Conditions of Employment and Benefit the Workplace
Using Social Security Work Incentives
Active Families: Support, Partnership, and Roles
Organizational Commitment to Customized
Employment: The Role of Leadership in Facilitating Careers
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
"The authors have once again produced work which
is visionary, realistic, and inspiringly doable... They give how-to tools
which help us to unlock the potential income and business for our people
with the most significant disabilities."
- Jim Corey, Washington Initiative for Supported
"A complete, forward thinking yet realistic guide
to job development and customized employment . . .
of great use to both
experienced and new practitioners."
- David Mank, Ph.D., Director, Indiana Institute
on Disability and Community, Professor, School of Education, Indiana
"This book is not only their most important
contribution to our field, but could be the most effective, functional, and
how-to piece that exists to date."
- Corey Smith, Director of Employment Services,
VIA of the Lehigh Valley, PA
Diversity World Comment: The primary focus of this book is on
developing employment for people with developmental disabilities.