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The Job Developer's Handbook: Practical Tactics for Customized Employment [Paperback]

Cary Griffin M.A. , David Hammis , Tammara Geary , Michael Callahan , Nancy Brooks-Lane

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July 17 2007 1557668639 978-1557668639 1

One of the most practical employment books available, 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 support needs:

  • discovering who the person is and what he or she really wants


  • ensuring goodness of fit between employer and employee


  • finding—or creating—"hidden jobs" in smaller companies


  • 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.



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Mr. Griffin is Senior Partner at Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC, a full-service consultancy specializing in building communities of economic cooperation, creating highperformance organizations, and focusing on disability and employment. He is also Codirector of the U.S. Department of Labor's National Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Resources, and Training project with Virginia Commonwealth University and former Director of Special Projects at the Rural Institute at The University of Montana. He is also past director of an adult vocational program in southern Colorado, former Assistant Director of the Rocky Mountain Resource and Training Institute, and former Founder and Executive Director of CTAT in Colorado.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource Jan. 24 2008
By T. DeLisle - Published on Amazon.com
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As a new employment rep for people with disabilities, this guide does a great job of going over the basics of forming relationships with the job seeker as well as potential employers. I was impressed with the respectful language the authors used, as well. I know I will go back to it again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!!!! April 6 2010
By Katie Reuter - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been an employment specialist/career counselor/job developer for the last two years and have continually referenced the Job Developers Handbook. To date it seems to be the most comprehensive, strength-based, and creative manual that I have found. I love the process they have laid out and have found the instructions clear and easy to follow. All of their techniques are followed with statistics and facts that enable job developers to really have a solid informational base. In these tough economic times this easy to follow guide is even more important if we ever want the people we support to find long-term employment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent resource Oct. 25 2009
By Milton S. Tyree - Published on Amazon.com
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Over the last 30 years, much has been learned about ways to support people with disabilities in work. Unfortunately, there are not enough conversations about getting good, personalized, fitting jobs -- rather than a "placement," or a "slot." Written by people who've been along for the ride, this book does much to help fill the void -- telling us about positive possibilities through discovery, customized employment, resource ownership, informational interviewing, business partnerships... Hope many buy it, and use its ideas!
Milt Tyree, Lexington, KY
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my new position June 28 2013
By Lizzygrrl - Published on Amazon.com
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I work at a clubhouse (with mentally ill) with a restaurant attached and was asked to fill in the job developer position while they found someone full time. I was flattered at their confidence but insecure about my knowledge. This book got me enthused and educated, so much so that they are actually making me business cards with the title. I work in vocational rehab, so the first half was mostly for me, but I passed it on to my colleague who is in full on supported employment and she is loving it. Im buying another one for myself because i miss it so much. The suggestions about discovery have been the most beneficial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Job Developers Handbook Aug. 10 2007
By Brian C. Deatley - Published on Amazon.com
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The handbook provides critical information for anyone interested in assiting persons w/disabilities with employment or career guidance. Well organized and written, the book includes contributions from professionals who have long been engaged in providing direct employment services to persons with disabilities. The book is what the subtitle suggest- practical tactics that stregthren the skill sets for a variety of persons interested in reversing years of chronic unemployment for folks with disabilities. I especially appreciated the details targeting working with families and in gaining organization commitment to customize job options for persons traditionally relegated to workshops or minimum wage jobs
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