Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Employment Specialist

  • Allen N. LewisJrEmail author
  • Pamela H. Lewis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_407


Employment coach; Job coach; Job development specialist; Job placement specialist; Vocational specialist; Work specialist


A provider or facilitator of services in the work context and community to locate and secure support options for persons with disabilities for the purpose of optimizing full career potential. Employment specialists function as a consultant and work in partnership with others to build on existing supports or develop new supports that meet individualized needs in maximizing career potential.

Employment specialists are primarily responsible for providing or securing an assessment of the person with the disability, job development, job placement, jobsite training, and ongoing follow along services. The goal of an employment specialist is to train the person with the disability to perform and be successful on the job and then gradually fade out of the picture over time. Employment specialists have the ultimate goal of assisting individuals with...

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References and Readings

  1. Blanck, P. D. (2000). Employment, disability, and the Americans with disabilities act: Issues in law, public policy, and research. Evanston: Northwestern University Press.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Health and Rehabilitation ScienceUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Rehabilitation CounselingSchool of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA