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Using Alternatives to Traditional Vocational Assessment: The Why and How of Exploration Strategies such as Discovery

Marc Gold & Associates
January 2014 | Report/Brief

Although comparative assessments have traditionally been a useful starting point for the journey to employment for many individuals with disabilities, this approach has been problematic for job seekers with more significant impact of disability. When compared to normative performance, many individuals with significant disabilities simply do not compare well. The result of this has too often been exclusion from employment services and from being considered appropriate for work. When a person performs poorly on a vocational assessment it is likely that sheltered, facility-based employment will be recommended rather than community integrated employment. In many ways the continued use of comparative assessments has resulted in the steady increase of sheltered employment over the past 25 years.