Developing and Harnessing Social Capital to Achieve Employment Goals
Nancy Brooks-Lane, M.S., L.M.F.T., L.P.C., Senior Consultant, Center for Social Capital
“Social capital refers to the collective value of all social networks [who people know] and the inclinations that arise from these networks to do things for each other [norms of reciprocity].” - Robert Putnam
Individuals with disabilities typically have fewer opportunities to form relationships outside of the disability service system and build social capital. Social Capital benefits and is important to everyone’s career path. Integrating relationship building into each individual’s support plan is a valuable starting point. Social Capital then evolves into practice. Facilitating individuals to develop and enhance their Social Capital is one of the most effective and efficient ways to achieve state and federal policy mandates, such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Final Rule; and most importantly assist citizens who happen to have a disability to have a working life.