Job Path Collaborates
Over the years, Job Path has shared its expertise, techniques and lessons learned with others in the field:
School to Work: Job Path has undertaken a series of projects and activities since 1996 to help young people with developmental disabilities make the transition from school to work. Our Pathfinders project was designed as an alternative to group-oriented day programs and used person-centered planning to enable students to make choices about their lives and to become involved in jobs and community activities. Through a grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, we presented person-centered planning techniques to agencies such as UCP, AHRC and Herbert Birch Family Services
Our staff currently works with students at the Cooke Center Institute to help transition seniors into the workforce. The goal is to have the students employed or working towards employment right after graduation without any major gap in services. Our most recent initiative for this population is the Urban Innovations Learning Collaborative.
Customized Employment: Job Path staff piloted the use of customized employment for people with disabilities in NYC under the guidance of Marc Gold & Associates, which is a network of training consultants who are disability professionals specializing in the area of employment for persons with significant disabilities. The customized tools and strategies they have developed have been used by staff in Job Path’s Supported Employment program since 2004, and they have recently been adopted by all employment programs at Job Path. Our staff has made presentations to other agencies on customized employment. In the fall of 2010, Job Path staff collaborated with Mark Gold & Associates in a mentoring project, funded through a small state grant, which allowed staff to mentor other agencies in the NYC area.
For People with Autism: In July, 2003, the FAR Fund issued grants to three New York City agencies to launch person-centered transition planning projects for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Job Path offered technical assistance to support the agencies as they implemented their projects. Through the FAR Fund Leadership Alliance, Job Path staff, along with consultant Beth Mount, shared its experiences and knowledge with the pilot agencies and offered practical help in structuring and funding the services they provide.