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Identifying job opportunities for individuals with disabilities

by Katherine Inge and Pam Targett

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New job developers and employment specialists often ask for the secret “recipe” for finding jobs for individuals with disabilities.  While there is no magic formula for negotiating customized employment positions, there are some basic principles and steps that are helpful to follow. The first step in customizing opportunities for individuals with disabilities includes knowing the interestsand skills of the job seekers. The next step is being able to identify with employers the specific needs of the workplace.

Without a labor market need, jobs could not be negotiated orcustomized for individuals with disabilities who have skills and abilities to bring to the workplace. The following questions and answers provide information on how to negotiate customized jobs with employers.


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