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May 2019

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Customized Employment

Upcoming Webcast

The Discovery Fidelity Scale

Steve Hall Date: 5/22/2019 (2:00pm ET)
Steve Hall, Ph.D., Director of Employment Policy and Research, Griffin-Hammis Associates

The Discovery Fidelity Scale (DFS) was created to improve the quality of Discovery, the initial process of Customized Employment. The DFS has both Systems and Services tenets from a consensus of experts and experienced practitioners of Discovery and Customized Employment. Tenets include: Authorization and Access, Financing, and Discovery Providers Systems Tenets. Home and Area Visits, Discovery Activities, Informational Interviews, Vocational Profile Narrative Review, and the Employment Plan are the Services Tenets.

Research on the development of the DFS has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. The reliability and validity of the DFS is being further improved through field implementation in California and Utah during 2018 and 2019, and in additional States during 2019. A Job Development Fidelity Scale (JDFS) is being developed at this time to improve the quality of Customized Job Development for persons with significant disabilities. Register for this free webcast


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

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