ERIC Number: ED355674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Collaborative Employment Placement and Training: A Structure To Support the Employment of Persons with Severe Disabilities.
Woolcock, William W.
This paper presents a collaborative employment placement and training structure which provides a flexible format for implementing various natural support models for the employment of individuals with severe disabilities. A team approach is used to develop and implement job assessment, training, and follow-up activities. Each team may be composed of the person to be employed, the employer or designated representative, the family or designated representative, and the vocational services agency. Primary team activities include job development, on-the-job assessment, identification and recruitment of necessary outside resources, job training, and job follow-up. Each activity may be delegated to team members according to their team-defined roles and responsibilities. Through the collaborative employment placement and training approach, the experience, expertise, and effort of each team member are used to the maximum extent in job training and placement. The role of the educational or vocational services agency changes from that of a provider of services to that of a facilitative consultant, providing instructional expertise to supplement the expertise and experience of the employer, family, and other team members. Implications for educational and vocational services agencies are suggested, and long-term ramifications for ongoing team interactions and potential quality of life changes are discussed. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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