Creative Employment Strategies
Wendy Parent-Johnson, PhD, CRC, CESP, Director, Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Disabilities, The University of Arizona
The purpose of this presentation is to explore customized and supported employment strategies that have been successfully used by individuals with significant disabilities to become competitively employed. Emphasis will be placed on looking beyond typical service delivery practices to include generic, disability, natural supports and funding resources. Case study examples illustrating the process of customizing jobs and supports and the outcomes that can be achieved will be highlighted. Practical strategies for establishing individualized employment teams, implementing customized employment, accessing nontraditional resources, and addressing local service delivery issues will be presented.