Employment Support Focused Learning

Employment Support Focused Learning 

More and more, organizations today are working to change how adults are supported during program service hours. In many cases, employment in the general workforce is viewed as the preferred outcome for individuals with developmental disabilities. Understanding how to support an individual with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment is an essential component of your job as a direct support professional. In this course you will learn about why employment is important for people with disabilities and how it affects quality of life. You will learn about the types of employment that are available to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the way each of them work. You will be introduced to the members of a typical employment team and how they work together to support employment.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-ESFL
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Explain the importance of meaningful employment for adults with developmental disabilities.
Describe the different employment options and job seeking strategies for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Recognize the different professional roles that are involved with supporting people to obtain and maintain employment.
List some accommodations and supports that can aid an individual with a developmental disability while on the job.

Section 1. Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Importance of Employment A. Meet Kyle: Supporting Employment B. Informed Choices C. The Benefits of Employment D. Working Matters E. A Long Way to Go F. The Biggest Obstacle G. Ask Yourself H. Summary Section 3: Employment Options Today A. Integrated Employment B. School-to-Work Transition C. Competitive Employment D. Supported Employment E. More on Supported Employment F. Customized Employment G. Self-Employment H. Non-Integrated Approaches to Employment I. Sheltered Workshops J. Mobile Work Crews K. Enclaves L. Review M. Summary Section 4: The Employment Team A. The Team B. Employment Team Roles C. Job Accommodations D. Natural Supports E. The Road to Successful Employment F. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Put into Practice C. Congratulations!

Instructor: Becky Tschirgi, MRA
Becky Tschirgi is an independent contractor with more than 30 years of experience. Ms. Tschirgi provides consultation, mentoring, and training to individuals and organizations involved in the provision of services for people with disabilities and economic disadvantages. She has a keen understanding of disability-related service systems and has held leadership positions in a variety of organizations and academic institutions. Ms. Tschirgi has developed and provided employment and management related training for rehabilitation organizations and Department of Rehabilitation staff for TACE (SDSU Interwork Institute) throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona and has provided presentations at various conferences. Her educational background includes a PET-RA Certificate from San Diego State University, a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Administration from the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelors degree in Social Work. Disclosure: Becky Tschirgi, MRA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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