This presentation uses multiple examples to illustrate how Discovering Personal Genius identifies job-seeker Vocational Themes that drive individualized, and creative job development. Customized Employment techniques are examined, and an emerging structure resulting in the development of at least 3 Vocational Themes supported by 20 local work environments for each theme “where the career makes sense” combine to form a solid person-centered career plan. This session includes discussion of business ownership as a viable option; leveraging social & economic capital, supply chain mining, and team roles. Staff development recommendations and resources will be highlighted during the discussion period. Further, this session details how non-comparative approaches to job development benefit people with disabilities, and how negotiated jobs demand attention to skills & tasks, economic development, and shared interests between job seeker and employer.

This presentation explores the Discovery process and its direct connection to job development. To be effective, Discovery is conducted in a host of community settings, includes paid work experiences or internships, and generates multiple work avenues with a career trajectory while addressing the unmet needs of businesses. This presentation further details how to circumvent traditional competitive approaches to hiring, building on individual strengths, leveraging the power of community, and facilitating increased use of natural worksite supports.


Cary Griffin
(International), Board Chair, Center for Social Capital, USA

Biography: Cary Griffin is the former President & CEO of Griffin-Hammis Associates, a full service consultancy specializing in building communities of economic cooperation, creating high performance organizations, and focusing on disability and employment. He is also past Co-Director of the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s National Self Employment Technical Assistance, Resources and Training project with Virginia Commonwealth University, and is one of only a handful of Subject Matter Experts hired by the U.S. Dept. of Labor to help implement Employment First nationally.

Cary maintains a strong relationship with the Rural Institute at the University of Montana, where he served as Director of Adult Community Services & Supports. He is the former Executive Director of the Region VIII CRP-RCEP at the Center for Technical Assistance & Training (CTAT), which he founded at the University of Northern Colorado in 1989. Prior to this Cary served as Director of an adult rehabilitation program in Southern Colorado.

He has extensive experience providing rehabilitation services and technical assistance in minority, rural, inner city and economically depressed communities. Cary has also designed and directed major systems change projects.


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