ERIC Number: ED360800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Developing Natural Supports in the Workplace: A Manual for Practitioners.
Murphy, Stephen; And Others
The Pioneer-Syracuse University Project was designed to help people with severe disabilities find community jobs and become integral participants in their work places, using on-site and off-site resources and supports from job personnel and other community members. Specifically, project staff who had directly trained and supported people with disabilities began instead to find and develop the natural sources of training and support that exist within and around individuals and work places. This manual presents ideas, strategies, and experiences about this modified approach to supported employment which uses natural supports in the work place. The manual covers: (1) natural support characteristics in the chapter titled "Introduction and Definitions"; (2) getting to know the person and his/her support network as well as developing job leads and contacting employers in "Finding Jobs Using a Natural Supports Framework"; (3) "Job Creation, Job Modification, and Individual Adaptations"; (4) "On-Site Training and Natural Support Strategies"; and (5) "Ongoing Supports" such as participant evaluations, ancillary supports, and work incentive programs. The manual concludes that supported employees must be involved to the maximum extent possible in all aspects of support planning and provision, that the role of the employment consultant (formerly titled the job coach or job specialist) be clearly understood by all involved parties; and that a good job match does not necessarily produce good natural supports. Appendixes provide a checklist for evaluating natural work place supports and an example of a plan for achieving self-support. (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (ED), Washington, DC.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.