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June 2018

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Customized Employment

Dan's Case Study

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Customized Employment Case Study

Young man working on machinery The first step in delivering customized employment services is conducting Discovery to build rapport with and to get to know the job seeker. The focus is on the person’s strengths and interests as well as work preferences. Traditional assessments are replaced with qualitative interviewing and observations in the community. Job seekers are assisted in refining and identifying their interests for employment, and a position is negotiated that meets the person’s needs as well as a business need. Of critical importance is negotiating positions specific to job seekers’ interests and not trying to “fit” individuals into positions that are available. Trying to “fit” individuals with disabilities into existing positions has often excluded them from achieving integrated competitive employment outcomes. This case study provides details on how one young man was assisted in finding his customized position. Read Dan's Case Study

Fact Sheet

Q & A on Customized Employment: Parent Questions Answered!

“To Work or Not to Work?”… may be a question asked by parents and guardians as they begin to think about their sons and daughters going to work. This Q & A on Customized Employment addresses concerns that family members may have and provides answers to address the concerns. If your son or daughter wants to work, then it may be time to try customized employment as a way to support him or her in finding a job. Read this Q&A Customized Employment Fact Sheet

UPcoming Webcast

Discovering ME: Using a Youth-focused Discovery Process to Build Customized Work-based Learning Experiences

Laptop with Webcast on screen Date: 6/27/2018 (2:00pm ET) Presenters: Lisa Holland & Kendel St. John, Center on Transition Innovations

Frustrated by the limitations of traditional transition assessments or the lack of parent involvement in the transition planning process? If so, learn about the Discovering ME project. Through this webcast, participants will learn how the basic principles of the Discovery process developed by Marc Gold and Associates for use with adults to promote customized employment has been adapted for use with school aged youth to promote customized work-based learning experiences. Register for this webcast

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