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January 2019

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Customized Employment


Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Customized Employment Case Study

Sarah in her workplace. Discovery is the foundation of customized employment (CE). The purpose is to learn about the individual’s strengths, interests and work preferences. Discovery is capacity-based, not deficit-based. Instead of conducting formal assessments, employment specialists spend time with job seekers in familiar and unfamiliar settings. Employment specialists also talk with people who know the job seekers and learn what is important to them. This includes learning about the challenging aspects of their lives and how these challenges can be overcome with support. Discovery is an essential and critical step before job negotiation and employment. This case study provides details on how one young woman was assisted in finding her job using customized employment. Learn more about Sarah

UPcoming Webcasts

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Title: Instructional Strategies for Acquisition and Maintenance of Customized Job Tasks

Date: 4/17/2019 (2:00pm ET)

Presenter: Tim Riesen, Ph.D. , Utah State University

Employment specialists should understand and be proficient at developing specific workplace supports to ensure a customized employee completes negotiated job tasks. This webcast will provide a review of validated instructional strategies that can be used to develop the workplace supports necessary for job task completion. Specifically, the webcast will review how to develop a task analysis and use validated instructional strategies that promote the acquisition and maintenance of negotiated job tasks. Register for this webcast

See the entire webcast schedule below:

4/17/2019 - Instructional Strategies for Acquisition and Maintenance of Customized Job Tasks by Tim Riesen, Ph.D. , Utah State University

5/22/2019 - The Discovery Fidelity Scale by Steve Hall, Ph.D, Director of Employment Policy and Research with Griffin-Hammis Associates.

6/26/2019 - What Is Possible When Systems Truly Collaborate? by Nancy Brooks-Lane, M.S., L.M.F.T., L.P.C., Center for Social Capital, and Richard Kriner, MS, CRC, PBSF, LPC, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

7/24/2019 - Achieving Competitive Customized Employment through Specialized Services (ACCESS) by Tammy Jorgensen Smith, Ph.D., CRC, Associate Professor Department of Child and Family Studies - Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, University of South Florida

8/28/2019 - Customized Employment: Case Study Examples from the VCU-DRRP Research by Jennifer McDonough, M.S., Project Director, Virginia Commonwealth University, Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Customized Employment

9/25/2019 - The Essential Elements of Customized Employment: The Results of a National Survey with Vocational Rehabilitation Service Providers by Katherine Inge, Ph.D., O.T.R., Principal Investigator

Find out more and register for these upcoming webcasts


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