Let’s begin – first contact
Of course there must be a time when disabled people, professionals, employers first meet and it really is important that we’re aiming to get this right. After all we’re trying to manage expectations in situations where the odds may well be stacked against success. Acknowledge people may be nervous and possibly not themselves and make allowances if necessary.
Ducks in a row quack
I’m not even sure what bearing ducks have here, but I do know that data collection is key, recording and capturing a clients details are important when you first meet, it should give some idea as to whether this is an appropriate service, and if the client meets the criteria for your services all is well and good, if this is not the case outlining other options for the disabled person and or employer will definitely count as your good deed for the day.
A friend in need
It might be good idea for the disabled person to make use of the support of a friend or advocate to help with this first introduction, I would usually avoid introducing parents and employers but an advocate may have experience of the individual and be able to offer insight that will rapidly help you to make progress.
- Store all of the information into a useful format
- let them know what is to come with the vocational profile and job matching
- Set up the next date so you can continue the good work