Provider Support Tools
Career Discovery Guide - February 2015
This is a tool regarding the Career Discovery process and includes examples of career discovery profiles, information about conducting a career discovery team meeting and a variety of ways to gather information about an individual to assist in employment planning.
This is a working document created by the State Employment Leadership Network that explains the rules and guidelines regarding volunteering, internships, and unpaid work experiences when supporting an individual in finding competitive employment.
"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is a curriculum developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.
Career Communities uses positive peer motivation in both provider and participant groups. Providers who participate will positively benefit from having peer mentorship opportunities that understand the trials and successes of their role. Participants of the Career Communities will have a network of other people with developmental disabilities who are focusing on their careers. The participants will have peer groups that are naturally inspired to succeed in their own career environments.
Green Mountain Self Advocates can show you how to start and run employment support groups that are facilitated by self-advocates. Self-advocates support their peers to feel confident about running their own lives and deciding what they want to do.