In the United States alone, there are roughly three million individuals living with a developmental disability, but less than a third are active in the labor market. This book provides a comprehensive approach to developing a successful jobs program for persons with developmental disabilities, drawn from the author's extensive experience and real success.
The majority of persons with developmental disabilities are unemployed, underemployed, or still work in sheltered programs where it is almost impossible to reach their full potential. Job success is possible, but it requires a system based on a business model based on proven economics, rather than the traditional social services model. By employing a step-by-step procedure for gaining insight into the client, analyzing market opportunities, matching the client to a job, and supporting the client after placement, service providers can help individuals make a successful transition into good community-based employment.
Job Success for Persons with Developmental Disabilities will be essential reading for profit and non-profit rehabilitation service organizations, private job development businesses, government funding agencies, special education job placement programs, transition specialists, and families of persons with developmental disabilities.
David B. Wiegan has over 30 years' experience in vocational services for persons with developmental disabilities. He is currently Executive Director of Mid-Valley Rehabilitation in McMinnville, Oregon, where the job placement system employed boasts a 90 percent success rate, with some clients retaining their jobs for more than 20 years.
Chapter 1. The Philosophy of Employment. Chapter 2. The Business Model. Chapter 3. Understanding Job Success. Chapter 4. Understanding the Client. Chapter 5. The Job Development Plan. Chapter 6. Individual Job Development. Chapter 7. Corporate Job Development. Chapter 8. Natural Supports. Chapter 9. Understanding the Job. Chapter 10. On the Job Training. Chapter 11. Job Coaching. Chapter 12. Financial Success. Chapter 13. Hiring and Training Staff. Chapter 14. Mythology. Chapter 15. Health, Diet, and Socialization. Chapter 16. Organizations, Structures, and Ethics. Addendum: Principles of Job Success. References. Index