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.
Vocational Evaluation is an educational process in which a client obtains greater self and work knowledge through participation in work activities designed to evaluate vocational skills, interests, and abilities. Clients learn about the functional impact of their disability in relation to their career options. They also learn about assistive technology and the devices and accommodations needed to remove barriers to employment.
The evaluation process encourages personal involvement in career planning and development and empowers clients by increasing their self-confidence in career decision making.
Vocational evaluation may also identify any special obstacles. For example, you might have a learning disability such as dyslexia, or perhaps you have a mental health challenge such as depression.
The goal of evaluation is to identify where you are strong and where you need support. From there, we can help you work toward your job goal.
Assessments are chosen on an individual basis depending upon what vocational information is needed. Academic ability and interests are usually established first, with following assessments based on this information. Specific skills assessed may include fine and gross motor ability, size and color discrimination, visual acuity, and aptitude for the work fields such as clerical, mechanical, industrial, service, art, science, and business.
The vocational plan is developed as the individual’s skills and interests are identified. Career exploration may include using resources such as the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and resources on the Internet.
The Diversity Initiative, Inc. is now providing the following Vocational Evaluations:
1. COMPREHENSIVE VOCATIONAL EVALUATION - This included a standard Vocational Evaluation including aptitude, interests, skills and ability assessments to determine appropriate and viable job goals for the consumer.
2. SIMULATED SKILLS ASSESSMENT - This evaluation consists of minimal paper and paper testing and focuses on Work Samples and Work Related Task Assessments; Interest and IQ Testing.
3. WORK SITE EVALUATION - This evaluation is useful with the following, but not necessarily limited to, populations: Chronic and Persistent Mental Illness; Severely Cognitively Disabled Individuals; Severe Disabilities; TBI; Autism; and School to Work Transition. The evaluation includes exploration of career fields specific to the individual; observations of social behaviors and work behaviors (both positive and negative), and documentation of how the client reacts to supervision and/or peers/co-workers.