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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.

It’s who you know… that gets the jobs!


I read in Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam (2000) that its "who you know" that gets you or your loved one a job. He says that, "there is an impressive body of research suggesting that social ties can influence who gets a job, a bonus, a promotion, and other employment benefits. Social Networks provide people with advice…[and] jobleads" (p.319).

He distinguishes between "weak ties" or our aquantainces in society and or "strong ties" or our friends and families. Putnam says it is the weak ties that provide the most opportunity for jobs.He also says that over one-half of people getting a job have done so through a friend or relative.

So, it makes sense to map out all of the possible connections to see what the possibilities may exist in a person’s social network, family and friends, and casual aquaintances.

BC Employment Program for People with Disabilities


Did you know that the Minsitry of Housing and Social Development has a program for people with disabilities to find work? Yes.. its true. Their website says that they provide support in the following areas:

  • Pre-Employment
  • Planning
    and Employment Services
  • Self-Employment
  • Disability
  • Assistive

Give them a call….1 866-866-0800

How to track self-employment car expenses


When a business owner is using a vehicle for both personal and business use, the same philosophy applies as with the home business expenses. Where square footage was used in the home calculation, kilometres driven are used for the vehicle calculation.

Over the course of the year, the business owner maintains an envelope in the car, where all car expenses are stored. These include gas, repairs, insurance (and interest payments if the car is financed).  At the end of the year, the business owner then calculates what percentage of those bills are business expenses.

This is directly tied to the kilometres driven for business purposes over the course of the year. To begin to calculate business kilometres driven, the total kilometres driven are required. This is calculated by subtracting the odometer reading at the beginning of the year from the year-end odometer reading.  Over the course of the year, it is essential to keep a logbook noting details of all business trips. After each business use of the car, the date, purpose of the trip, and number of kilometres driven should be noted. At the end of the year, adding the business kilometres in the logbook will provide the second half of the calculation.  Then, divide the total kilometres driven (derived from the odometer reading) by the business kilometres driven (from the logbook). This will provide the percentage of business use of the vehicle.

If the business is a GST registrant, this is the percentage of GST on vehicle bills that can be claimed for credit as well.  This percentage is then applied to all vehicle bills. This is the amount that can be claimed as a business expense. Traditionally, the motor vehicle expense doesn’t appear on the income statement until year-end, due to the fact that the allowable business use portion of expenses (km percentage) isn’t known until the year’s logbook is totalled.