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Discovery is a process used to get to know a student. Information about the student’s interests, strengths, environments or activities where they are at their best, supports that are effective for them, and present levels of performance, is gathered through a series of activities, interviews and observations. The process of Discovery intends to answer the question “who is this student” and provides direction to all career development activities. Information is gathered from people who know the student well. The person conducting Discovery spends time with the student at her home, at school, and in the community observing the student in both familiar and unfamiliar activities.

Information gathered through the Discovery process is then captured in a written format called the Vocational Profile for the purpose of sharing the information for job development. This information and picture of who the individual student is guides the selection or creation of school and community-based jobs. It is offered as an alternative strategy to more traditional or standardized forms of vocational evaluation.

20 Steps to Discovery form (.rtf file)

Observation Notes Form (WORD file)

Itinerary for Discovery Form (WORD file)

Discovery Questions (PDF file) by Michael Callahan

Discovery: Charting the Course to Employment Manual (purchasing information from Marc Gold & Associates)

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