Title

Employment programs and professionals with a disability

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Donelly, M & Given, F 2010, 'Employment programs and professionals with a disability', Work, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 217-225.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/WOR-2010-1022

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

It is unclear whether or not open (competitive) employment programs are meeting the needs of the growing numbers of people with a disability seeking professional employment.

OBJECTIVE:

To understand and describe the experience of a newly graduated professional (Michael) who was seeking open employment support and to analyze those experiences in relation to principles of effective open employment support. Participant: Michael a recently graduated accountant who also has a physical disability.

METHODS:

A review of the literature was undertaken to identify recommended principles and practices for the conduct of effective open employment and career development programs. A case study was used to describe Michael's experiences as he sought professional employment. Michael's experiences were analysed in relation to recommended principles and practice.

RESULTS:

The analysis confirmed that the concerns Michael experienced about the supported employment program compromised the effectiveness of the support he received.

CONCLUSIONS:

Employment services based on models of independent living, disability service standards and remediation are likely to focus on the 'pathology' or performance 'deficits' of the person with a disability. Successful open employment models are more likely to place pre-eminence on the perspective of the person with a disability and effective practices for securing employment.