ERIC Number: ED411630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Building Community Connections: Designing a Future That Works.
Gandolfo, Cecilia; Gold, Martine; Hunt, Ashley; Marrone, Joe; Whelan, Tom
This trainer's manual is designed to enable trainers to provide information about the use of personal connections in the development of networks leading to employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. Detailed information is provided for a 2-day workshop that focuses on the importance of using networks, the benefits of using personal connections, ways to identify and expand networks, skills for utilizing connections, and personal approaches and future action plans. The beginning of the manual includes information on prerequisites for participation in training and agendas for the 2 days. The manual then provides detailed step-by-step instructions for conducting the training and using applicable overheads. Specific topics include tapping the hidden job market, identifying components of an effective career development network, identifying individuals who may be helpful in a personal job search, engaging people to become part of the network, asking for help, broadening a network, strategies for keeping in touch, creating a network without becoming a pest, creating mutually beneficial relationships with potential employers, presenting oneself in the best light, advocating for more assistance from service providers, using legal protection in a non-adversarial way, and action planning. Appendices include copies of all handouts and all overheads for the workshop. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Advocacy, Career Development, Disabilities, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Opportunities, Employment Services, Helping Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Job Placement, Job Search Methods, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Self Management, Social Networks, Trainers, Training, Workshops
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Inst. for Community Inclusion.; Massachusetts Univ., Boston.