TDI's mission is to promote diversity and inclusion in the workforce by connecting job seekers with disabilities that we have prepared for employment to businesses in the community that have a need for their unique skills, talents and abilities.
Empowerment through employment means that a candidate’s willingness to engage and participate is instrumental to success and job satisfaction.
The only absolute musts in going to work are the motivation to work, reliability and dependability (MRD).
Observation and assessment of skills within an IPE goal is essential to understanding a job seeker well and having the confidence to make recommendations to employers.
Job readiness is not as important, with the right supports. Lots of non-job ready people are working.
Frequent communications with consumers, partners and other members of the employment team are essential to timely successful employment outcomes.
A traditional path to employment is for the most able job seekers; an innovative path is needed for the rest.
We go to the job market; it will not come to us.
All jobs are negotiable through building relationships with employers and understanding the contributions the candidate offers– a job order can be changed when you know the business and job seeker well.
Job development is sales and marketing, not education or counseling.
Employer needs can be massaged to fit the candidate’s skills, so knowing candidates well is the foundation of quality job matching.
Quality job matches and appropriate supports facilitate job retention.
An unsuccessful work attempt is a good beginning, not a poor ending.
The Employment Program is sold to the employer before the candidate to provide access and credibility to job seekers.
Informed choice about benefits, disclosure and options is an important part of facilitating success in employment.
Employment programs, not candidate preparation, get people jobs.