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Katherine Inge

Quality Elements of Customized Employment

Presented By:
Katherine Inge, Ph.D., O.T.R., Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research & Training Center
September 21, 2017

Customizing and negotiating jobs based on a job seeker's abilities and interests and creating job descriptions to match the needs of the individual and the employer makes sense when considering that many individuals with disabilities are not achieving integrated employment outcomes. Often, they are not able to complete all of the essential and/or marginal job functions of  existing job descriptions in businesses and therefore are not hired. However, these individuals can make substantial contributions that can be of value to business while meeting their needs for employment opportunities. VR practitioners using a customized employment  can identify an individual's strengths, interests, and abilities and match them to jobs of choice needed by community businesses.  The result benefits both individuals with disabilities and employers.  Implementing customized employment may mean that the way  services have been provided to job seekers needs to be changed or modified. How does an agency determine if they are providing quality customized employment services? This webcast will explore the quality elements of customized employment and how to facilitate customized jobs for individuals with significant disabilities.

This webcast was co-produced by Virginia Commonwealth University's DRRP on Customized Employment and the RRTC on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities. The VCU-DRRP is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number #90DP0085). The VCU-RRTC is also funded by NIDILRR (grant number #90RT503502). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). However, this content does not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government..