VCU received a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number #90DP0085) on Customized Employment of Individuals with Disabilities. NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The grant was awarded for a five-year in 2016 to help young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, to achieve competitive employment based on the individual's choices, interests and skills. The grant's overall objective is to test the effectiveness of customized employment as an intervention to facilitate employment for youth with disabilities. Customized employment can include job development or restructuring strategies that result in job responsibilities being customized and individually negotiated to fit the needs of individuals with a disability.
Dr. Katherine Inge is the Principal Investigator and Jennifer McDonough, M.S., is the Project Director. The project is a collaboration of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in partnership with TransCen, Inc.; the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (VA/DARS), the state's general vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency; and Griffin-Hammis Associates.