Customized Employment is a process for individualizing the employment relationship between a job seeker or an employee and an employer in ways that meet the needs of both.
It matches the strengths, needs, and interests of the job candidate with a disability, and the business needs of the employer.
Getting started ...
Starts with the development of an employment plan, which includes goals and objectives, based on individualized interests, strengths (vocational), and needs of the candidate.
Once the candidate’s goals are established, one or more potential employers are identified and a preliminary proposal for presentation to the employer is developed.
The proposal is presented to an employer who agrees to negotiate an individualized job that meets the employment needs of the applicant and real business needs of the employer.
Cited From: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
ODEP Customized Employment - Creating Opportunities and Solutions
ODEP Customized Employment - Solutions for Employers
Knowing the Student
School-based work tasks, volunteer jobs and internship placements provide students with work exposure and job sampling opportunities.
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One step at a time…..
Importance of the Portfolio
A working document to capture and record artifacts, experiences, photos and video clips to best represent the student
Student has active input in developing the portfolio
A tool for self-advocacy
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