This is the process by which we learn about skills and interests our clients may have. Knowledge of these facts can guide us in finding successful community employment for them.
During discovery, we may ask clients:
- What do you do at home?
- Do you have a job right now?
- Do you volunteer?
- What is your favorite activity or place?
- What does your day look like?
- What skills and interests do you have?
- What do you dislike about your regular day?
After a service coordinator refers clients to a discovery profile, an employment specialist will spend time with them, getting to know them in settings such as at home, out in the community or in other programs they attend. It also will include interviewing people involved in clients’ lives who know them well. This could take up to three months and may be extended. Completed discovery profiles could include a referral to vocational rehabilitation for job development.