Don’t believe everything you think

We were delighted to welcome Milton back to Australia as our keynote speaker for the Opening Opportunities conference.

This session begins by exploring Discovery as an alternative to competitive, comparative methods of traditional vocational assessment. It directly challenges the limiting “everybody knows” mindsets that too often get in the way of people with disabilities getting fitting, challenging, socially valued jobs. Discovery involves establishing a balanced relationship with the job candidate, developing mutual understanding and trust by exploring different life contexts and understanding past experiences to determine future possibilities.

Milton will then explore the relationship between Discovery and Customised Employment, starting with studying tasks within targeted businesses. This involves getting to know the employer by listening, exploring, and understanding their needs in three key areas: employees, work setting, and customers.

During this process, Milton will examine three primary business needs, including unmet needs, tasks better performed by others, and tasks that require specific skills.

Portrait of Milton TyreeMeet Milton Tyree

Milton 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.

Milton lives in Kentucky in the USA and works with Marc Gold & Associates, the pioneers of Customised Employment. He has run several workshops about customised employment for Imagine More. He has worked closely with us to support families exploring employment.