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Citation:  Inge, Katherine J.; Graham, Carolyn W.; Brooks-Lane, Nancy; Wehman, Paul; Griffin, Cary (2018). Defining customized employment as an evidence-based practice: The results of a focus group study. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 48 (2), 155-166.
Title:  Defining customized employment as an evidence-based practice: The results of a focus group study
Authors:  Inge, Katherine J.; Graham, Carolyn W.; Brooks-Lane, Nancy; Wehman, Paul; Griffin, Cary
Year:  2018
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-180928
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  Customized employment has generated support at the national, state, and individual participant levels to expand employment for people with significant disabilities. The next step is movement from practitioner-based descriptions to evidenced-based practices that can be consistently replicated.
Purpose:  The objective of this qualitative research study was to begin the development of a research-based description that agencies can use to replicate customized employment when supporting individuals with significant disabilities.
Data collection and analysis:  Twenty-eight professionals representing national experts and implementers of customized employment participated in five phone-administered focus groups. The calls were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed to identify themes associated with customized employment implementation.
Findings:  Twelve key components or practices emerged as comprising customized employment.
Conclusions:  This research provides insight into the practices that are associated with customized employment that facilitate integrated employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Additional research is needed including random control trial studies to further the development of a replicable set of evidence-based practices.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Interventions:  Other