Jared Schultz, Ph D
|Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation|
2865 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-2865
Dr. Jared Schultz became a CPD faculty fellow in 2010. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation on the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services.
His work with the Employability Clinic was of interest to the Center for Persons with Disabilities, which seeks to support both the clinic and its grant-writing efforts. The clinic provides employment services to young adults with disabilities—both post-high-school special education students who are still in the school system and those who are transitioning into the adult world.
Special education students don’t often get the pre-work experiences that their peers do, Dr. Schultz said. Volunteer work, internships and introductory job experiences are thinner on the ground for them. What’s more, young adults who are termed “hard to engage” are usually dealing with a different set of employability issues. Typically it is not the lack of job skills that inhibits them so much as social skills, grooming or showing up on time wearing work-appropriate clothes. Transportation problems and family issues can further complicate the young adult’s chances of getting and keeping a job.
“Community rehabilitation programs are usually set up to do specific things, and when somebody’s needs are outside what they’re set up to do, it kind of creates a crack that the person falls through,” Dr. Schultz said.
The Employability Clinic focuses on these issues specific to young adults with disabilities, working not only with the individual and the family but also with the employer, helping them to work out accommodations. The most successful approach matches the individual with the needs of the employer. For example, a young adult with disabilities may be able to take over duties that other employees are too busy to do. In those cases, hiring a person with disabilities boosts productivity, and it can provide an unexpected morale boost to the other employees. It gives them a sense of helping out.
The clinic currently has seven or eight clients, but the potential client list is much greater—100 or more at last count. It currently employs one full-time staff member. Four graduate students also gain volunteer service opportunities there.