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An Analysis of the Activities of Employment Specialist in a Natural Support Approach to Supported Employment

by Darlene Unger, Wendy Parent, Karen Gibson, Kelly Kane-Johnston, & John Kregel

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The use of natural supports during supported employment service delivery has emerged as a widespread practice of supported employment providers. Though a number of strategies for using natural supports have evolved, evidence is clearly limited which describes the role of the employment specialist or other non-traditional support resources, such as family members, friends, and coworkers when natural supports are utilized during supported employment. This investigation focuses on the activities of a supported employment program's initial efforts to document the activities of employment specialists and other non-traditional support providers when an emphasis in placed on using community and workplace supports during the provision of supported employment.

 


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