Job Coaches for Adults with Disabilities: A Practical Guide

Nicky Genders looks at a book focusing on the role of a job coach for people with learning disabilities

Job Coaches for Adults with Disabilities: A Practical Guide
Karola Dillenburger, Ewa Matuska, Marea de Bruijn et al (Eds)
Jessica Kingsley
£17.99 | 224pp
ISBN: 9781785925467

This book is aimed at understanding and developing the role of a job coach for people with a range of disabilities. Topics covered include user perspectives on job coaching and separate chapters exploring mental health conditions physical and sensory disabilities, intellectual disabilities and autistic spectrum. 

There are also chapters about functional assessment, crisis and behaviours that challenge, collaborating with employers and the training framework for job coaches. 

Barriers and successes

There are several user perspective examples that highlight some of the barriers, successes and issues facing individuals and their coaches, which will be of interest to learning disability nurses. The chapter on people with intellectual disability follows a structure that includes prevalence, aetiology and ‘specific issues’.

The chapter faces the challenge of describing ‘the population of people with intellectual disabilities’ while trying to avoid too many generalisations across a European context. There are examples, although limited, of good practice in relation to supporting people with intellectual disabilities in work settings.  

The book has been written by a team from across Europe whose project has been to develop standards for job coaches for people with disabilities and this book offers a practical guide.

While this reads as a practical guide for those who are or who want to become job coaches, it may also be a useful read for learning disability nurses and anyone supporting people in employment.   

Reviewed by Nicky Genders, head, School of Care Sciences, Faculty of Life Science and Education, University of South Wales

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