Application of Employment Supports

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
DACS 5132
Application of Employment Supports
Disability & Community Studies
Applied Community Studies
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
60 hours: Online
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Case study
  • Presentations
  • Guest speakers
  • Video/DVD
Course Description
This upper level undergraduate course examines the range and application of employment supports and services for people with disabilities, youth at risk, mental illness and others who experience significant barriers. This course focuses on the use of the evidence-based employment supports methods practices and supports. Topics include developing vocational plans, job analysis/carving, cultural competency, and assessment and evaluation tools.
Course Content

Overview of career path and vocational planning, including:

  • Developing a client/consumer profile
  • Understanding the role of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Understanding the diverse workplace
  • Features of workplace success

Develop a conceptual understanding of the assessments and evaluation tools used in employment supports services:

  • Utilizing and understanding various assessments (eg. IEPs, Psycho-educational reports, etc.)
  • Explain the process steps in referral, funding and obtaining various assessments
  • Examine a variety of vocational diagnostic tools
  • Explore ethical considerations of application of assessments
  • Explain the challenges and opportunities regarding accessing services

Overview of the features of person-centred planning, including:

  • Customized employment
  • Transitions
  • Job carving
  • Job analysis
  • Niche employment
  • Natural supports
  • Teaching and learning workplace strategies
  • Essential employability skills
  • Understanding the role of diversity in the workplace
  • Data gathering tools etc.
  • The diverse workplace

Review the elements of on-going supports:

  • Understand the function of job maintenance, follow-up and long term supports
  • Explain the components of case management
  • Explore critical issues in maintaining success on the job including employee evaluation, conflict management, re-training etc.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the essential components of a vocational plan, including developing a customer profile and customizing employment.
  2. Evaluate vocational/employment assessment and tools.
  3. Identify features of career exploration strategies.
  4. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of effective data gathering teaching and learning work place strategies in the workplace
  5. Identify features of high quality long-term supports that include job maintenance and long term follow-up.
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Research paper
  • Presentation
  • Literature reviews
  • Case Study/critiques
Textbook Materials



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