Customized Employment as an Evidence-based Practice to Improve the Employment Outcomes of Transition-age Youth with Physical Disabilities
Katherine Inge, Ph.D., O.T.R., Principal Investigator, Virginia Commonwealth University, Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Customized Employment
Stephanie Lau, VCU-RRTC
A series of focus groups were conducted with national experts and rehabilitation practitioners who are recognized as exemplary practitioners to discuss the critical components of the customized employment (CE). This information will be used to guide the development of a fidelity scale and replication procedures for implementing CE as a service delivery model. The results of the focus groups will be discussed, and case study examples of how jobs have been customized to facilitate employment outcomes for transition age youth will be presented.
Katherine Inge, Ph.D., OT.R., is the Director of the RRTC on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities. Dr. Inge has been with VCU-RRTC since 1982 and holds degrees in occupational therapy, and special education. She has co-authored books, book chapters, journal articles, newsletters, and produced numerous other training materials on employment for individuals with disabilities. She has been the Director of Instructional Technology at VCU for over 15 years and has served as PI or Project Director for projects on employment including START-UP-USA, DOL ODEP; the Region III Community Rehabilitation Providers continuing education program (CRP-RCEP), RSA; Training And Technical Assistance For Providers (T-TAP), DOL ODEP; TechLink, an online project offering course work on transition and employment US Dept of Education; Project Access for people with physical disabilities, RSA; and other transition-age youth demonstration projects.