Institute on Community Integration College of Education and Human Development

North Dakota Realistic Job Previews Video Project

Created two 15-19 minute Realistic Job Preview videos on working with individuals with developmental disabilities for the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Medical Services Division. The first video illustrates the realities of working as a direct service provider (DSP), providing supports to people in various settings through a traditional provider agency. The second video shows the work of qualified service provider (QSPs), also providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities but working independently. Both videos serve North Dakota's efforts to support community-based services and community inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) staff created treatments and scripts for the videos and spent at least five days shooting interviews and footage in various North Dakota locations. Content experts from RTC ensured fidelity of the project, and identified the best interview candidates and sequences to illustrate the challenges, rewards, and everyday realities of working as a DSP or QSP. A professional crew produced an estimated 15-20 hours of high definition footage that was edited at RTC offices in Minneapolis. Closed captioned, master DVDs of each program were provided to North Dakota's Department of Human Services, along with Web-ready movies in various compressed formats.

This project was archived on 9/2012.

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