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Adding Self-Guided Discovery to Your Toolkit: An Additional Resource to Promote Employment Outcomes for People with Barriers to Employment

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) were excited to release the Self-Guided Discovery Facilitator’s Guide: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment as part of their March 28, 2018 webinar on this topic. For many years, ODEP has worked to strengthen the capacity of the nation’s workforce development system to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities using Customized Employment (CE) approaches as a universal strategy. With the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and ongoing systems change efforts like Employment First, formal adoption and implementation of CE policies and practices are increasingly occurring in State and local agencies to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities and other significant barriers to employment. Discovery, which is a cornerstone of CE, is an effective strategy for any job seeker with barriers to employment.

The Facilitator’s Guide, developed in collaboration with Griffin-Hammis Associates/Center for Social Capital, is a user-friendly tool designed to train facilitators to guide job seekers through the Self-Guided Discovery process.

This Self-Guided Discovery Facilitator’s Guide can be downloaded from LEAD Center’s website. We encourage you to visit the website, where you will find extensive additional resources on Customized Employment. There also are archived webinars on Customized Employment and Guided Group Discovery.