JOBS: OSD is designed to assist employers, educators, rehabilitation counsellors, and other professionals involved in providing transitional work training and rehabilitation. It provides an understanding of work performance and support needs, from the self-perspective of adult employees and students.
This self-assessment is a critical component of success in long-term employment and community living. Information derived from JOBS: OSD provides employers with a means of making reasonable accommodations for employees, necessary for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act.
JOBS: OSD links self-determination to critical vocational behaviours, and the support needs of student and adult employees in community employment settings. It allows educators and rehabilitation professionals to understand the perspective of the employee and establishes a communication bridge between supervisors and workers, which reduces workplace ambiguity to establish person-specific instruction, training, and support programs that comply with transitional IEP requirements under IDEA, and with IWRP and ISP requirements under the Rehabilitation Act.
Three JOBS: OSD subscales include 30 items, which represent critical patterns of performance in work-related daily living skills, behaviour, and job duties. Each item asks the employee to self-assess both Qualities of Performance and the Type of Support required.