Doing a good job of getting a good job

Milton Tyree explains the best way to instruct and support an employee with a disability.

In this second pre-conference webinar for the Get That Good Life! conference, Milton Tyree joined us from the US to discuss the significance of suitable employment for people with disabilities. The session focused on the evolution of open employment services over the last 40 years.

One of the most challenging decisions facing employment supporters is determining their own role. It can be hard to know when to get involved and when to step aside. So Milton discussed the best way to instruct and support an employee with a disability.

Related to this role dilemma, Milton examined the relevance of two frameworks for the role of the employment supporter:

  • Social Role Valorisation (SRV) theory’s Culturally Valued Analogue (CVA)
  • Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A) 7-Phase Sequence

Milton then introduced the concept of Discovery. Discovery is an alternative to competitive, comparative methods of traditional vocational assessment. He explained

  • the benefits of devoting time to people
  • how to discern interests related to work
  • how to identify conditions for the employee to be at their best, and
  • how to let employers know the contributions that the person can offer to the workplace.

Finally, Milton explained the distinctions between customised jobs and labour market jobs. He introduced the concept of personal representation in job development.

About Milton Tyree

Milton, who is based in the US, has professional and personal experience over decades of helping people with disabilities have strong work roles. He uses the principles of SRV (Social Role Valorisation) as a foundation for his work.

Portrait of Milton TyreeMilton helps individuals and organisations include, involve, and appreciate people who are so often unknown, misunderstood, and rejected. He’ll be sharing his insights about customised employment and how to get the job set up well right from the start.

In 2013, Milton received The Marc Gold Award for Employment. This award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to increasing access to community and integrated employment for people with significant disabilities.

Milton is a Project Associate for the University of Kentucky. He owns Milton Tyree Employment Consulting LLC.


  • Milton has contributed to the following articles

    • Tyree, Milton & Kendrick, Michael & Block, Sandra. (2011). Strengthening the role of the employee: An analysis of supported employment using social role valorization theory. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. 35. 197-209. 10.3233/JVR-2011-0572.
    • Tyree, Milton. (2012). Personal Reflections on Boot Camp at Walgreens Anderson, South Carolina Distribution Center.
    • Carter, Erik & Kleinert, Harold & LoBianco, Tony & Sheppard-Jones, Kathleen & Butler, Laura & Tyree, Milton. (2015). Congregational Participation of a National Sample of Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Intellectual and developmental disabilities. 53. 381-393. 10.1352/1934-9556-53.6.381.
    • Nord, Derek & Barkoff, Allison & Butterworth, John & Carlson, Dawn & Cimera, Robert & Fabian, Ellen & Grossi, Teresa & Hall, Allison & Lucus, Jonathan & Nye-Lengerman, Kelly & Strobel Gower, Wendy & Tyree, Milton & Schrader, Sarah & Wohl, Allison. (2015). Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency:2015 National Goals for Research, Policy, and Practice. Inclusion. 3. 227-232. 10.1352/2326-6988-3.4.227.