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Citation:  Certo, N.J., & Luecking, R.G. (2006). Service integration and school to work transition: Customized employment as an outcome for youth with significant disabilities. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 37 (4), 29-35.
Title:  Service integration and school to work transition: Customized employment as an outcome for youth with significant disabilities
Authors:  Certo, N.J., & 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:  Transition age youth with significant disabilities face bleak employment prospects upon exiting school. Among those that do find some sort of employment the data shows that only 26% work for over $7.00 per hour. Expansion of transition services for these youth will be how the trend gets reversed. Customized employment services make up a significant part of transition programs. Customized employment works with both the employer and employee to tailor jobs to the abilities of the individuals with disabilities.
Purpose:  The purpose of this article is to present a model for transition service delivery and present examples of customized employment.
Findings:  In order for transition services to be effective all stakeholders must be involved in the process. Vocational rehabilitation staff must truly get to know the youth as traditional methods of assessing vocational interests and skills may not be effective. This will enable the more effective customizing of tasks in a customized employment model. A participant described in the case example had strong organizational skills and was set up with a job as a stock clerk in the shoe department of a retail store. The store was having trouble keeping its shoe stock room orderly. The job for this participant both matched well with his strengths and met the needs of the employer.
Conclusions:  Adoption of this model for transition services and competitive employment can go a long way towards advancing the employment outcomes of transition age youth with significant disabilities.

Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Interventions:  Other