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Citation:  Citron, T., Brooks-Lane, N., Crandell, D., Brady, K., Cooper, M., & Revell, G. (2008). A revolution in the employment process of individuals with disabilities: Customized employment as the catalyst for system change. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 28 (3), 169-181.
Title:  A revolution in the employment process of individuals with disabilities: Customized employment as the catalyst for system change
Authors:  Citron, T., Brooks-Lane, N., Crandell, D., Brady, K., Cooper, M., & Revell, G.
Year:  2008
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Case history review

Structured abstract:

Background:  Persons with disabilities that need support often fall into a mold of separation early on in life and see that carry over into limited adult opportunities. Customized employment (CE) can be a means for disabled individuals to find a way out of that mold. CE is a way of individualizing the job to meet the abilities of the job seeker.
Purpose:  The purpose of this article is to examine case studies of the effectiveness of CE.
Setting:  The workers in the case studies worked in Cobb County, Georgia.
Findings:  Chris is running his own janitorial business through a CE program. Before this he mostly worked in wage positions but now is even considering purchasing a franchise. Laura runs her own business within a business and has brought with her an expansion and increased profits for the main business.
Conclusions:  A more innovative model of CE in vocational rehabilitation is supported by the cases presented in this article. Matching the job seeker and the employer with the ideal situation for both parties is a situation where everyone wins.