Recognizing Skills over Disabilities
Submitted by Leecy on October 29, 2018 - 2:28pm
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The LINCS course "Definitions of Learning Disabilities," provides excellent information to help us understand learning disabilities. Some time ago, I observed one of the most innovative approaches to matching the individual strengths of LD adults to work environments. A teacher in an AE program had her LD students create pamphlets to advocate for themselves in job interviews. In the pamphlet, students introduced readers to some basic biographical information, sometimes with photos. Each section of the pamphlet covered one aspect of their lives, to include strengths and limitations. In their interviews, prospects discussed both of those with potential employers. Employers and students consistently reported appreciation for the process. That way, employers could place new employees in areas that did not challenge their disability but encouraged them to be productive where they best fit needs.
What other innovative practices do you recommend for helping disabled adults become gainfully employed in careers that interest them? Leecy