This Employment section includes resources focused on implementing positive behavior support in competitive and supported employment environments, as well as vocational and other training programs (e.g., university-based) that assist people in working.

Positive behavior support is essential to help people with behavioral challenges gain and retain meaningful employment.  As with all applications of positive behavior support, practices must align with its core features including:

  • collaboration with employers, coworkers, and patrons,
  • assessing people’s skills, work requirements, and other factors that could affect success,
  • comprehensive support plans that fit within settings,
  • ongoing data-based monitoring to ensure success and job satisfaction and
  • an emphasis on quality of life for all involved.

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Program Models:

Project SEARCH – This resource is dedicated to preparing young people with significant disabilities for success in integrated, competitive employment (free).

The Self-Determined Career Development Model This is a product with multiple resources for parents, staff, general public, and people with developmental disabilities designed to increase various important life skills necessary to succeed in the work place based in positive support practices (available for purchase).

Practical Guides

Positive Behavior Supports for Adults with Disabilities in Employment, Community, and Residential Settings: Practical Strategies that Work Keith Story and Michael Post (2014).  A book written in plain language with PBS strategies that are intended to be put to immediate use by support staff (available for purchase).

Right Science and Right Results: Lifestyle Change, PBS, and Human Dignity Ann Turnbull and Rud Turnbull (2011).  Paper written by parents of an adult multiple disabilities and problem behavior to have the most inclusive life possible using PBS.  Includes practical applications for various community contexts including work (free).

Supported Employment: Participant Training ManualElizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and funded by the state of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities (2009).  This manual contains PBS, and other evidenced based positive supports, information intended to train support staff in providing practical strategies in the work environment when supporting adults with developmental disabilities (free).