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Citation:  Luecking, D.M., & Luecking, R.G. (2006). A descriptive study of customizing the employment process for job seekers with significant disabilities. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 37 (4), 14-21.
Title:  A descriptive study of customizing the employment process for job seekers with significant disabilities
Authors:  Luecking, D.M., & Luecking, R.G.
Year:  2006
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling
Publisher:  National Rehabilitation Counseling Association
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Case history review

Structured abstract:

Background:  Individuals with significant disabilities in the United States have a high unemployment rate. Public vocational rehabilitation agencies serve many of these individuals with customized employment in order to maximize positive employment outcomes. Customized employment individualizes the relationship between the job seeker and employer in order to meet the needs of both. The focus is on what the job seeker can do.
Purpose:  The purpose of this article is to examine the outcomes of a customized employment program on job seekers and through case study examples.
Setting:  Tennessee Customized Employment Partnership (TCEP)
Study sample:  The participants were 135 individuals that received services through the TCEP. Ages were between 16-45 and most of the sample (70%) was male. Most participants (67.4%) had at least a high school level education. Over half (54.8%) reported a cognitive disability. None of the participants had ever worked in a full time competitive job.
Intervention:  Participants participated in a customized employment program.
Findings:  At the time of review there were 71 individuals that were assisted in finding a customized job. One individual received customized hours, transportation, and a job coach. The job coach faded after time and the individual learned to use public transportation and was able to transport himself to and from work. Two other individuals were able to turn volunteer positions into employment.
Conclusions:  These findings demonstrate the effectiveness of customized employment for individuals with significant disabilities.

Interventions:  Other
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition