Here are a few resources that can help you support job seekers with assessment and career planning.
Developing a Positive Personal Profile
by Dr. George Tilson of TransCen
This article provides an excellent introduction to a process that can help you get to know the individual you are supporting and develop a plan that aligns with individual interests and support needs.
More Than Just A Job: Person-Centered Career Planning
by staff at the Institute for Community Inclusion
Person-centered planning supports the development of individual plans through collaboration, creative thought, and group problem solving. This brief describes this type of planning as an ongoing process that should be highly individualized and can be carried out in a variety of flexible ways.
Some essential elements of a person-centered approach to career planning are:
- Focus on helping a person identify needs, interests, choices, desires, and dreams
- Facilitator guides and supports the individual, but does not make decisions on the person's behalf
- Emphasis on positive contributions rather than deficits
- Team members identify employment options that fit well with the job seeker's personal vision
- Family, friends, and community resources generate career directions, employment contacts, and supports
The I Want to Work Workbook
by the Center for Person-Centered Practices
The I Want to Work Workbook and companion partner guide assist people with intellectual disabilities in gathering information they can use to obtain employment. This comprehensive resource includes worksheets that can get the employment conversation started, and then move it forward.