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  1. Discovering Personal Genius The Foundation for Customizing Employment Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC Special Thanks to Employment for All and Ellen Condon at the Rural Institute

  2. Discovering Personal Genius • The Challenge: Creating lasting, satisfying, person-directed, employment beyond the confines of traditional job development Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  3. Discovering Personal Genius • Activity • Align with someone in the room who you don’t know • Find out 3 things about them that aren’t obvious • Do this without asking any questions • Hint: Have a Conversation • Report Back Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  4. Discovering Personal Genius • Activity Debrief: • It’s hard to find out about someone without asking questions • Think Conversation, not Interrogation • It’s best to let the Environment guide our Discovery • If we “live into the answers” the chances of getting an acquiescent response is lessened Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  5. Discovering Personal Genius:Hanging Out With Intent (HOWI) • Assistance NOT Assessment • Inventory Real Environments • Do Not rely on data from Segregated Environments • One Place leads to Another; One Person Leads to Another (Family, Friends, Acquaintances, Professionals, Strangers) Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC; Steve Hall & Patty Cassidy

  6. Discovering Personal Genius:Hanging Out With Intent (HOWI) • Discovery is a structured Process • We are not here to ask “What job or business would be best?” • The more folks involved, the more diversity of activities & locations • The more activities & locations, the more diversity of thought • The best way to get a great idea is to get lots of ideas Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  7. Discovering Personal Genius: Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  8. Discovering Personal Genius:Considerations to jump-start the process • Where & When are you at your best? • Where & When do you have the highest support needs? • Other than your immediate family, who knows you best? • What gets you out of bed in the morning, besides work? Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC; Courtesy of Ellen Condon, Rural Institute

  9. Discovering Personal Genius:Assessment • Vocational Evaluation is not functional • Data taken in Segregated settings is false • Checklists do not offer a diversity of choice • Unpaid Work Experiences are often Stereotypical • Are you at your best when being tested, or rather when you are exploring familiar and/or new places, people & things? Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  10. Discovering Personal Genius:Assessment Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  11. Discovering Personal Genius:Paying for Assessment • VR, WIA, Schools (IEP), DD and MH Day Program can all pay for career development • A PASS can purchase Career Exploration • Personal Budgets should contain hours and $ for Discovering vocational themes Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  12. Discovering Personal Genius:Assessment • Don’t think Job Descriptions; what business would be best; or Dream Jobs • Think: What are the Ideal Conditions of Employment Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  13. Discovering Personal Genius:What We’re Looking for: • The Ideal Conditions of Employment • Strengths, Interests, Supports, Contributions, Skills • Relationships that matter & that help us get lots of ideas Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC; Callahan; Condon; Crandell & Brooks

  14. Discovering Personal Genius:Icebergs: People & Jobs

  15. Discovering Personal Genius:Relationship Mapping • Identify people known to the job seeker • Identify people known to the Team who know the community • Create a Community Inventory of both Formal & Informal Associational Life • Start visiting places & people of Relevance Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  16. Discovering Personal Genius:Developing a Plan • Discovery should lead to a solid Profile that captures the essence of the individual: • What Works & What Doesn’t (How will you know if things don’t work until you’ve tried them?) • Best Settings; Support Needs; Talents • What Home is like; Demonstrations of chores & hobby tasks, revealed Interests, the impact of disability…. • What other things we need to observe or investigate both formally & informally Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC; Callahan, Condon

  17. Discovering Personal Genius:Going Where the Career Makes Sense As a Course of Action evolves (using the Team Process), visiting others who have the same interests is often a valuable step in collecting possible career information Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  18. Discovering Personal Genius:Going Where the Career Makes Sense Benchmark: 10 to 50 hours of Discovery (Assessment) Over a 6 Week period Using 2 or more Team Members Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  19. Discovering Personal Genius:Going Where the Career Makes Sense As the Personal Narrative is revealed: Make a list of 20 Places where people with similar Interests Work or Gather Make Appointments (if formal sites such as workplace) Go observe, participate, conduct Informational Interviews Gather Information on teachable skills, evolving interests, probable Contributions, Opportunities (Resource Ownership), Natural Supports…. Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  20. Discovering Personal Genius:Going Where the Career Makes Sense As the Personal Narrative is revealed: Note Complexities and Contradictions Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  21. Discovering Personal Genius:Going Where the Career Makes Sense As the Personal Narrative is revealed: In Context, Sometimes What some Consider Flaws are Strong Points (Cashier in local Grocery store is totally annoying to me, but not to others…) Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  22. Discovering Personal Genius:Back to the Plan At this time we can begin to ask about possible Business or Wage Job ideas. Create a Job Development Plan Design a Personal Portfolio or Resume Create a Job Seeker’s Relationship Map Develop a list of Potential Employers or Products & Services for a Small Business Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC; Callahan, Condon

  23. Discovering Personal Genius:Back to the Plan • The Rule of Three • Each Team Member develops at least 3 good ideas • Throw out the 1st; it followed the path of Least Resistance • Avoid the 5 Jobs meant for people with Disabilities • Develop a Prospecting List & Schedule Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  24. Discovering Personal Genius:Back to the Plan Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  25. Discovering Personal Genius:Back to the Plan • Best Practice Still Entails: • Quality Job or Business Development with the Person • Job Analysis & Discrete Task Analysis • A Training Plan for their new Employee • Natural Support Analysis • A Consultative Approach Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

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  29. Discovering Personal Genius:Clint’s Creations • Love of Flowers • Gardening • Family Support • Outreach to Florists & Suppliers • Personal Budget from CP Center Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  30. Discovering Personal Genius:Chef Kevin • Loves Cooking • Max 6-week Tenure in any job • No Family Support • Bosses are not OK • Loves to Work Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  31. Discovering Personal Genius:Tim: Fisheries Specialist • Works best independently • Little work History • Shows frustration vigorously • Bosses are not OK • Loves Animals • Strong Work Ethic Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  32. Discovering Personal Genius:Jake the House Painter • Works best independently • No work History • Shows frustration vigorously • Unsteady on a ladder • Loves to Paint • Loves the Outdoors Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  33. Discovering Personal Genius:Rich: Spanish Language Publisher • Works best independently • Immigration Work History • Shows frustration vigorously • Knows Latino Community • Loves Language • Brilliant Thinker Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC; Crandell & Brooks

  34. Discovering Personal Genius:Turena’s Reflexology • Works best independently • Health Concerns regarding a day job • New Age • Health Conscious • Self Starter • Creative • People Oriented Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC; Symington

  35. Discovering Personal Genius:Mellowny the Artist • Works best around other artists • Desired a day job that fed her passion • Avoidance of the Starving Artist • Creative & Diverse Thought • Love of Learning • Likes being in Business • Spiritual Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC; Nihli

  36. Discovering Personal Genius:MLK Pool Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  37. Discovering Personal Genius:Corner Bar Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

  38. Discovering Personal Genius:Nickel Play Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC