Job opportunities and tools to reach them

Outcomes

This session provides jobseekers with disabilities with the necessary information and tools to:

  • Complete a discrepancy analysis.
  • Learn about the assistive technology (AT) available to work effectively and efficiently.
  • Identify the AT tools needed to perform competently in a chosen field.
  • Develop an action plan to acquire AT from local or public funds.

Rationale

To evaluate the viability of career options, job seekers need to compare their strengths (interests, abilities, values, work personality) and limitations with jobs they’ve researched to determine where their qualifications match the jobs they’re considering. This is accomplished through a process called discrepancy analysis. Once they have completed a discrepancy analysis, participants can decide to address discrepancies (through training or practice); change their tools, techniques, or the environment (accommodations or modifications); modify the job to share elements of it with others, if appropriate; or whether they need to abandon that particular job option and consider something in a related field. In addition, many jobs in the 21st century require the use of computer equipment or other technology and this requires to evaluate their comfort with assistive technology to determine what additional training or tools they may need.

Content

This session includes:

Activities: Discussion of the discrepancy analysis process.

Instruction: AT presentation with as much “show and tell” as possible. Provide regulation for applying for AT technology from public or local funds.

Assignments: Complete Worksheet “Who am I?”, and Worksheet “Skill’s quest”. (see module 3).