Demystifying customized employment for individuals with significant disabilities
by Katherine Inge
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Inge, K. (2007). Demystifying customized employment for individuals with significant disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitiation, 26(1), 63-66.
Customized employment begins with an individualized determination of the strengths, needs, and interests of the job candidate with a disability. Once the individual’s job goals are established, potential businesses can be identified by networking with family, friends, and neighbors, contacting local business associations such as the Chamber of Commerce, reading the business section of the local paper, and using knowledge of the local job market. This customized approach to employment allows for the job seeker and the employment specialist to negotiate job duties that match the individual’s skills. The following questions and answers should provide additional insight into how customized employment can lead to integrated employment outcomes for individuals with significant disabilities.