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Discovery as described in qualitative research includes methods to gather information by: direct observation, participating in settings, in-depth interviewing, conducting focus groups, and examining documents and materials. Discovery for customized employment uses these qualitative tools and other strategies to identify an individual’s strengths, interests, and preferences as well as support needs in order to assist the job seeker in gaining and retaining employed. Discovery is a descriptive process and does not include administering standardized tests or evaluating the skills and competencies of individuals with disabilities. Discovery is capacity-based and does not focus on the job seeker’s disabilities and skill deficits. Discovery is the foundation of customized employment and is one of the elements that differentiates it from other employment services. It is a fluid process and is a necessary step before job negotiation.
This resource is a chapter in a new customized employment handbook that will be available soon from VCU. This resource was developed under grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant numbers #90DP0085 and #90RT5035). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.