ERIC Number: ED352796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Jobs Rally: Marketing a Community Development Project Using Peer Support Strategies.
Akridge, Robert L.
"Jobs Rally" is a community event that can be coordinated by a human service program or institution to help communities become more responsive to the independent living and career development needs of people with severe disabilities. This manual outlines how to conduct a jobs rally. The manual begins with a very brief four-step community needs assessment, provides a rationale for community-level interventions, and then describes the Jobs Rally as one type of intervention. The basic approach of the Jobs Rally is to sponsor a community forum to bring together people with disabilities who are employed, people with disabilities who are not employed, and a sampling of service providers and advocates to: share information and support, strengthen the network of persons concerned about improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities, engage in mutual problem solving, and provide leadership for rallying a community response. Phase I of the rally is structured around a panel discussion of employed persons with disabilities and a moderator who maintains communication with the participating audience. Phase II utilizes small groups, facilitated by co-leaders consisting of one of the panel members and a service provider, to conduct self-assessment and community resources assessment, plan interventions, market the program, and evaluate the program. The manual provides a program agenda, panel discussion outline, list of items to include in resource packets, sample news releases, an employment survey form, and a check list for program implementation. (JDD)
Descriptors: Adults, Career Development, Community Action, Community Development, Community Programs, Employment Opportunities, Employment Programs, Independent Living, Needs Assessment, Program Implementation, Severe Disabilities, Youth
Arkansas University, Arkansas Research & Training Center in Vocational Rehabilitation, P.O. Box 1358, Hot Springs, AR 71902 ($37.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Community
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Fayetteville. Research and Training Center in Vocational Rehabilitation.