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Guest Editorial: Customized Employment

by Katherine Inge, Ph.D.

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Inge, K. (2008). Guest Editorial: Customized Employment. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 28(3), 133 - 134.

The term, customized employment, is attributed to a speech that Secretary of Labor, Elaine Choa, made upon being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2001. In that speech, Ms. Choa referred to customization as a trend in the labor market. Within 6 months of her speech, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, a new office within the U.S. Department of Labor, put forth in the Federal Register, a major initiative from the U.S. Department of Labor. In this guest editorial, Dr. Katherine Inge defines customized employment as well as highlights a variety of publications on the topic.