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4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates 1 Discovery and Vocational Rehabilitation Services Strategies for negotiating with VR to have Discovery funded as a substitute for traditional comparative assessment Slide 2 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Resources for Discovery at marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates 2 Slide 3 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates3 Customized Process Discovery Capturing discovery through profiles Customized, person-centered planning Portfolio/visual resume development Job development and negotiation Here, CE dovetails with Supported Employment Job site analysis, accommodations, support Slide 4 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Discovery Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (Nobel Prize winner who discovered Vitamin C) Marc Gold & Associates 4 Slide 5 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates 5 The essence of discovery Discovery: to gain insight or knowledge of something previously unseen or unknown; to notice or realize; to make known, reveal, disclose Slide 6 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates 6 The role of discovery Discovery provides, in a non-traditional, common-sense form, the information needed to determine the strengths, needs, and interests* of any person with complex life issues. This is accomplished by simply addressing the question, Who is this person? * From DOL/ODEP definition Slide 7 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com The focus of discovery Conditions for Success Interests toward an aspect of the Labor Market Potential Contributions to Employers Slide 8 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates8 Characteristics of an Ideal Job Conditions are characteristics of any job developed for the individual. Conditions refer to issues such as days of work, pay, benefits, location of the job, inside/outside work, time of day, hours per week, etc. While it is possible to have too many conditions, these are extremely important considerations in customizing a job. Target go/no go conditions for priority consideration. Slide 9 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates9 Characteristics of an Ideal Job Interests are characteristics of an ideal job that gives direction toward a certain area of work interest. These should be stated in the broadest possible manner, allowable by the applicant. Interests might include: working around boats, office work or working in a retail setting. Do not confuse work preferences with preferentially-stated conditions. Avoid using job titles. Slide 10 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates10 Characteristics of an Ideal Job Contributions refer to the individuals characteristics that will be offered to employers. These might include: Personality characteristics Skills Credentials Experiences Recommendations Slide 11 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Self-concept Siblings Close friends Extended family/relatives Educators Co-workers Professionals in our lives Parents We are all like pieces in a complex jig-saw puzzle Old friends Community members Who is this person? Slide 12 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Discovery finds the pieces and puts them together This is who I am. Profile Slide 13 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates 13 Discovery as an alternative to traditional assessment Discovery seeks to identify already- existing information rather than developing information solely for the purposes of evaluation or diagnosis. Identifying a direction for employment is based on a translation of typical activities of the persons life rather than on a comparison of the individual with others or with standards. Slide 14 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates 14 Discovery and Traditional Procedures The discovery process focuses more on ecological validity than predictive validity. It is more important that the direction to employment makes sense in relation to a person's life than to attempt to predict success based on test performance. The information of discovery is used only as a guide for matching and customization and may not used to systematically exclude a person from employment. Slide 15 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates 15 Discovery and Traditional Procedures By implementing discovery, we try to identify the real complexities faced by the individual and attempt to negotiate and match employment that fits, rather than putting the burden of resolving complexities solely on the individual. The profile strategy seeks to empower and involve applicants, their families and friends rather than to exclude them. Natural, common sense approaches to employment are given priority over strategies which rely solely on professional judgment and service. Slide 16 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Translation vs. Comparison The finesse of discovery is to identify typical aspects of life and to translate those activities into Conditions for success, Interests toward employment and potential Contributions to be offered to employers. Comparative assessment pits job seekers against the performance of others and predicts the likelihood of success. Slide 17 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com The regulations of the current Rehab Act of 1998 Source of information: Federal Register: January 17, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 11)] [Rules and Regulations] [Page 4379-4435] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 4379] Part VI Department of Education, 34 CFR Part 361 State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program; Final Rule Marc Gold & Associates 17 Slide 18 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com The Current Regs in the VR Act: Eligibility Any applicant who has been determined eligible for Social Security benefits under Title II or Title XVI of the Social Security Act is (A)Presumed eligible for vocational rehabilitation services under paragraphs (a)(1) and (2) of this section; and (B)(B) Considered an individual with a significant disability as defined in Sec. 361.5(b)(31). Marc Gold & Associates 18 Slide 19 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com The Current Regs in the VR Act: Presumption of Benefit The designated State unit must presume that an applicant who meets the eligibility requirements can benefit in terms of an employment outcome unless it demonstrates, based on clear and convincing evidence, that the applicant is incapable of benefiting in terms of an employment outcome from vocational rehabilitation services due to the severity of the applicant's disability. Marc Gold & Associates 19 Slide 20 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com The Current Regs in the VR Act: Clear and Convincing Evidence Prior to any determination that an individual with a disability is incapable of benefiting from vocational rehabilitation services in terms of an employment outcome because of the severity of that individual's disability, the designated State unit must conduct an exploration of the individual's abilities, capabilities, and capacity to perform in realistic work situations to determine whether or not there is clear and convincing evidence to support such a determination. Marc Gold & Associates 20 Slide 21 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com The Current Regs in the VR Act: Assessment Requirements The designated State unit must develop a written plan to assess periodically the individual's abilities, capabilities, and capacity to perform in work situations through the use of trial work experiences, which must be provided in the most integrated setting possible, consistent with the informed choice and rehabilitation needs of the individual. Marc Gold & Associates 21 Slide 22 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com The Current Regs in the VR Act: Trial Work Experiences Trial work experiences include supported employment, on- the-job training, and other experiences using realistic work settings. (iii) Trial work experiences must be of sufficient variety and over a sufficient period of time for the designated State unit to determine that-- (A) There is sufficient evidence to conclude that the individual can benefit from the provision of vocational rehabilitation services in terms of an employment outcome; or (B) There is clear and convincing evidence that the individual is incapable of benefiting from vocational rehabilitation services in terms of an employment outcome due to the severity of the individual's disability. Marc Gold & Associates 22 Slide 23 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS 39553 (228) 497-6999 marcgold.com Comparative Assessments In other words, comparative assessments should not be used to determine presumption of benefit by VR. Similarly, the use of the Discovery strategy proceeds from an expectation of presumption of benefit for the individua