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April 2019

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Customized Employment

Fact SHeet

Customized Employment Topics: Social Capital

Relationships form as people interact with each other at home, work, and in the community. Relationships help create a quality life and are critical to a person’s well-being. There is data indicating that positive relationships contribute to longevity and happiness. Physically being in the community; however, does not mean being of the community, or said another way, belonging to a community. Belonging takes more than a physical presence. A community is defined as the places where people have the opportunity to interact and form connections; where trust in and respect for each other can build; and where the norm is to help each other. These characteristics of relationships connect individuals and result in Social Capital. Read the Fact Sheet


Online Course: August 5 - September 2, 2019

Laptop with Online Courses on the screen Customized employment is a process for individualizing the employment relationship between a job seeker and an employer in ways that meet the needs of both. It is based on a match between the unique strengths, needs, and interests of the job candidate with a disability, and the identified business needs of the employer or the self-employment business chosen by the candidate. Customized employment uses a flexible blend of strategies, services, supports, and funds to facilitate employment outcomes for job seekers with complex needs through negotiated employment relationships. Register for this Course

Upcoming Webcast

Instructional Strategies for Acquisition and Maintenance of Customized Job Tasks

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

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