By Cary Griffin
This presentation uses numerous examples from urban, suburban and rural settings to illustrate how Discovering Personal Genius is used to develop solid vocational themes that drive targeted, individualized, and creative job development. Customized Employment techniques are examined, and an emerging structure resulting in the development of at least 3 vocational themes supported by 20 local work environments for each theme “where the career makes sense” combine to form a solid person-centered career plan.
This session includes discussion of business ownership as a viable option; leveraging social & economic capital, supply chain mining, and team roles. Staff development recommendations and resources will be highlighted. Further, this session will detail how the non-comparative approaches to job development used in Customized Employment, as opposed to traditional competitive models, benefit people with disabilities, and how negotiated jobs demand attention to skills & tasks, economic development, and shared interests between applicant and employer.