Customized Employment: Case Study Examples from the VCU-DRRP Research - Customizing jobs happens every day in businesses across the country. When the skills and interests of job seekers with disabilities are matched with work tasks that meet a business need, it is a win-win for all involved.
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Customized Employment - Randy received a high school diploma in 2018 and shortly afterward began receiving customized employment services. During his final year in high school, he tutored several young children at an agency that offers tutoring services in reading, math, and science to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Randy provided tutoring sessions for approximately six hours a week and helped with various tasks in the agency’s thrift store. The thrift store job duties included handling the cash register, organizing products, and cleaning around the store. In addition to tutoring, Randy also had experience at a community organization helping youth with Autism in recreational activities. He had volunteered for several summers as a summer camp counselor.
Customized Employment Topics: Interviewing - Conducting interviews is usually a part of providing employment services to individuals with disabilities. Typically, there is an intake interview during which people seeking services are asked about their goals for employment and other relevant information. However, interviewing should not be used to “evaluate” the job seeker with disabilities, which is a very important distinction when using interviewing as part of customized employment services. Interviewing in the context of customized employment is a way to learn about a person’s life story and experiences. What meaning do these experiences have for the person and how may they impact employment?
Developing and Harnessing Social Capital to Achieve Employment Goals - By Nancy Brooks-Lane, M.S., L.M.F.T., L.P.C., Sr Consultant, Center for Social Capital - Individuals with disabilities typically have fewer opportunities to form relationships outside of the disability service system and build social capital. Social Capital benefits and is important to everyone’s career path. Integrating relationship building into each individual’s support plan is a valuable starting point. Social Capital then evolves into practice. Facilitating individuals to develop and enhance their Social Capital is one of the most effective and efficient ways to achieve state and federal policy mandates, such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Final Rule; and most importantly assist citizens who happen to have a disability to have a working life.