Continuing to describe the natural support process

Yoshihisa Ohtake, Janis G. Chadsey

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This study extends previous research by continuing to describe the natural support process. Specifically, we focus on the roles that co-workers and job coaches assume in supporting a worker with a disability. First, we discuss research related to co-worker involvement in work setlings and provide a rationale for considering various roles for co-workers and job coaches. Second, we propose a framework for a continuum of six support strategies for co-workers and job coaches and show how prior research supports these strategies. Third, we offer suggestions for selecting an appropriate support strategy in a particular work setting. Finally, we discuss research areas that are still needed to clarify the natural support process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-95
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2001


  • Co-workers
  • Culture of work settings
  • Instructional strategies
  • Natural supports
  • Supported employment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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