A Strength Based Approach when Planning for Employment


I have learned that looking at strengths rather than deficits is a better way to move a system forward (Cooperrider & Whitney 2005).

When thinking about employment for a person with an intellectual disability it too makes sense to plan based on their strengths and preferences.

So the focus is on what a person can do, not on what they can’t do. Its really common sense but as humans we often take the problem-solving approach, that starts with looking for a problem and then trying to fix the deficit. Another approach is Appreciative Inquiry that is an asset based approach that is focused on the good things about us. Try it when planning a working future for your loved one.

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