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Customized Employment

LEAD Center has multiple initiatives to promote Customized Employment as a universal design approach within the workforce development system to enable youth and adults with disabilities to secure and maintain employment. The LEAD Center provides intensive technical assistance and training to staff at American Job Centers (AJCs) and their partners on group discovery, customized employment, self-guided discovery and self-employment, while highlighting the benefits of partnerships, collaborations, and braiding and leveraging resources. 

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Employment First: Braiding Day & Employment Services to Build Meaningful Lives

April 2015 | Presentation | TransCen

This presentation addresses the following topics:

The Florida Rural Routes to Employment Replication Manual

January 2015 | Tool/Manual | Center for Social Capital

The Replication Manual contains specific components of best practices in Customized Employment (CE) that reflect the use of Discovering Personal Genius/Discovery and effective techniques that “bridge” Discovery, Job Development, and ongoing suppor

The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project

Website | The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project

The "Resource Handouts" section of this website contains resources produced by, and associated with, the The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project. The resources are typically applicable at a national scale.

Best Practices in Universal Design: Strategies for Intake & Orientation

LEAD Center | May 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

This presentation was used by the LEAD Center to lead a workshop titled "Best Practices in Universal Design: Strategies for Intake & Orientation" at the Annual NAWDP Conference in May 2014.

Documenting Discovery: Developing a Descriptive Profile to Guide Employment Plans Pathways to Employment Resource Center (PERC) Curriculum

January 2014 | Report/Brief | Marc Gold & Associates

Rather than using a traditionally accepted format that relies heavily on numerical indicators of how the individual compares to expected norms, as well as the opinion of the evaluator, it is possible to develop a document that describes the indivi

Employer Negotiation Strategies For Job Developers in Customized Employment

January 2014 | Report/Brief | Marc Gold & Associates

The culmination of any approach to employment involves direct interactions with employers. After all, employers hold the jobs wanted by job seekers with disabilities.

Job Site Supports: Suggestions for Supporting Persons with Disabilities on Job Sites

January 2014 | Report/Brief | Marc Gold & Associates

Providing quality and effective job supports is one of the more rewarding work activities that you’ll ever do. The role is varied and includes support, training, communication, interpretation and negotiation.

Linking Discovery and Self Employment

January 2014 | Webinar | Cary Griffin

This webinar addresses questions that providers need to address when discovery leads to a self-employment outcome such as

Self-Directed Discovery

January 2014 | Presentation | Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC.

This Webinar will: • Explain the Importance of Discovery In Customized Employment • Introduce Self-Directed Discovery or Family Directed Discovery

The Customized Plan for Employment: Developing a Blueprint for Job Development

January 2014 | Report/Brief | Marc Gold & Associates and TACE Southeast

This guide describes the step after Discovery and the job development process - developing a blueprint for job development. 

Customized Employment: Moving Beyond the Basics

July 30, 2014

Join us to continue to build your understanding of Customized Employment and your ability to provide this innovative employment practice to those you serve.

Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships

October 6, 2016

Join this webinar to gain information you can use about Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships.

Group Discovery: An Alternative Assessment Tool for Workforce Centers and Community-Based Providers

June 26, 2013

This webinar will provide information on Group Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities.

Promoting Employment - Discovering Your Potential: Using Discovery to Identify Your Employment Goals

July 31, 2013

This webinar will provide information on how to use Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities – to discover your personal employment goals.

Promoting Employment - Introduction to Customized Employment and Customized Self Employment

May 29, 2013

This webinar will provide information on two best practices – Customized Employment and Customized Self-Employment.

Promoting Leadership: Cross-Agency Approaches to Advance the Use of Customized Employment and Self–Employment Strategies

August 28, 2013

During this webinar, we will discuss reasons and strategies for aligning resources across systems to support the implementation of Discovery, Customized Employment, and Self-Employment.

WEBINAR: Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment

June 26, 2017

Don’t miss this webinar on Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment,, in which we will share materials you can use to implement Guided Group Discovery through cross-system partnerships.

Release of Guided Group Discovery Materials as a Universal Design to Promote Employment Outcomes

June 29, 2017

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the LEAD Center recently released materials and resources for use by workforce professionals to implement Guided Group Discovery (GGD), most effectively used through cross-system partnerships.

LEAD Center and Griffin Hammis Associates Launch New Training on Self-Guided Discovery

September 30, 2015

LEAD Center, in partnership with Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC, recently launched a pilot program offering training and on-site technical assistance on Self-Guided Discovery to assist American Job Center (AJC) staff and their partners to learn an

Promoting Employment Outcomes through Partnerships and Self-Guided Discovery

June 30, 2015

The LEAD Center has been promoting the use of Discovery and Customized Employment (CE) through partnerships with American Job Centers (AJCs) for the past two years.

Share Your CE Success Story

December 21, 2014

Originally envisioned as a multi-strategy approach to match the discrete skills and unique contributions of a job seeker with a significant disability to an employer who has an unmet (and often unrealized) need for those skills and contributions,

LEAD Center Staff Travel to Chicago for NAWDP Youth Summit

September 30, 2014

Rebecca Salon and Elizabeth Jennings, the LEAD Center’s Project Director and Assistant Project Director respectively, presented at the National Association of Workforce Profes

Shaping Service Systems to Promote Customized Employment in Illinois

June 30, 2014

The LEAD Center Customized Employment Initiative works across systems in Illinois and Kansas to support systems change.

SAMHSA Posts Request for Applications for Supported Employment Program

March 17, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 for the Mental Health Transformation Grant Program: Transforming Lives throug

How to Minimize Job Search Blues and Maximize Job Search Excitement

May 30, 2017

As a way of commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month, the LEAD Center asked Dr. Debra Kissen to outline strategies people with psychiatric and other disabilities can use to maintain or improve their mental health while looking for work.

The Intersection of Customized Employment and Homelessness

October 28, 2016

For over 35 years, people have known about best practices and evidence-based approaches to support employment for people with intellectual disabilities.

Dads Who Are Breaking Stereotypes About Disability Employment

October 24, 2016

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a topic that is important to me on both a professional and personal level.

In The Know: Leave as an Accommodation

August 19, 2016

Did you know that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employee with a disability can request the use of accrued paid leave or the use of unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation?

In the Know: START-UP USA

May 7, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Group Discovery Training: Making Connections

June 25, 2014

The LEAD Center’s customized employment initiative in collaboration with American Job Centers (AJCs) aims to increase the use of the workforce system by people with disabilities and support their ultimate success in achieving employment. The...

In the Know: Self-Employment for People with Disabilities

June 5, 2014

This 2013 report highlights Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Recources and Training (START-UP) and makes recommendations to ensure entrepreneurs with disabilities can achieve their dream of owning their own business.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Employment First: Braiding Day & Employment Services to Build Meaningful Lives

April 2015 | Presentation | TransCen

This presentation addresses the following topics:

The Florida Rural Routes to Employment Replication Manual

January 2015 | Tool/Manual | Center for Social Capital

The Replication Manual contains specific components of best practices in Customized Employment (CE) that reflect the use of Discovering Personal Genius/Discovery and effective techniques that “bridge” Discovery, Job Development, and ongoing suppor

The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project

Website | The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project

The "Resource Handouts" section of this website contains resources produced by, and associated with, the The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project. The resources are typically applicable at a national scale.

Best Practices in Universal Design: Strategies for Intake & Orientation

LEAD Center | May 2014 | Presentation | LEAD Center

This presentation was used by the LEAD Center to lead a workshop titled "Best Practices in Universal Design: Strategies for Intake & Orientation" at the Annual NAWDP Conference in May 2014.

Documenting Discovery: Developing a Descriptive Profile to Guide Employment Plans Pathways to Employment Resource Center (PERC) Curriculum

January 2014 | Report/Brief | Marc Gold & Associates

Rather than using a traditionally accepted format that relies heavily on numerical indicators of how the individual compares to expected norms, as well as the opinion of the evaluator, it is possible to develop a document that describes the indivi

Employer Negotiation Strategies For Job Developers in Customized Employment

January 2014 | Report/Brief | Marc Gold & Associates

The culmination of any approach to employment involves direct interactions with employers. After all, employers hold the jobs wanted by job seekers with disabilities.

Job Site Supports: Suggestions for Supporting Persons with Disabilities on Job Sites

January 2014 | Report/Brief | Marc Gold & Associates

Providing quality and effective job supports is one of the more rewarding work activities that you’ll ever do. The role is varied and includes support, training, communication, interpretation and negotiation.

Linking Discovery and Self Employment

January 2014 | Webinar | Cary Griffin

This webinar addresses questions that providers need to address when discovery leads to a self-employment outcome such as

Self-Directed Discovery

January 2014 | Presentation | Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC.

This Webinar will: • Explain the Importance of Discovery In Customized Employment • Introduce Self-Directed Discovery or Family Directed Discovery

The Customized Plan for Employment: Developing a Blueprint for Job Development

January 2014 | Report/Brief | Marc Gold & Associates and TACE Southeast

This guide describes the step after Discovery and the job development process - developing a blueprint for job development. 

Customized Employment: Moving Beyond the Basics

July 30, 2014

Join us to continue to build your understanding of Customized Employment and your ability to provide this innovative employment practice to those you serve.

Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships

October 6, 2016

Join this webinar to gain information you can use about Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships.

Group Discovery: An Alternative Assessment Tool for Workforce Centers and Community-Based Providers

June 26, 2013

This webinar will provide information on Group Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities.

Promoting Employment - Discovering Your Potential: Using Discovery to Identify Your Employment Goals

July 31, 2013

This webinar will provide information on how to use Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities – to discover your personal employment goals.

Promoting Employment - Introduction to Customized Employment and Customized Self Employment

May 29, 2013

This webinar will provide information on two best practices – Customized Employment and Customized Self-Employment.

Promoting Leadership: Cross-Agency Approaches to Advance the Use of Customized Employment and Self–Employment Strategies

August 28, 2013

During this webinar, we will discuss reasons and strategies for aligning resources across systems to support the implementation of Discovery, Customized Employment, and Self-Employment.

WEBINAR: Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment

June 26, 2017

Don’t miss this webinar on Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment,, in which we will share materials you can use to implement Guided Group Discovery through cross-system partnerships.

Release of Guided Group Discovery Materials as a Universal Design to Promote Employment Outcomes

June 29, 2017

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the LEAD Center recently released materials and resources for use by workforce professionals to implement Guided Group Discovery (GGD), most effectively used through cross-system partnerships.

LEAD Center and Griffin Hammis Associates Launch New Training on Self-Guided Discovery

September 30, 2015

LEAD Center, in partnership with Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC, recently launched a pilot program offering training and on-site technical assistance on Self-Guided Discovery to assist American Job Center (AJC) staff and their partners to learn an

Promoting Employment Outcomes through Partnerships and Self-Guided Discovery

June 30, 2015

The LEAD Center has been promoting the use of Discovery and Customized Employment (CE) through partnerships with American Job Centers (AJCs) for the past two years.

Share Your CE Success Story

December 21, 2014

Originally envisioned as a multi-strategy approach to match the discrete skills and unique contributions of a job seeker with a significant disability to an employer who has an unmet (and often unrealized) need for those skills and contributions,

LEAD Center Staff Travel to Chicago for NAWDP Youth Summit

September 30, 2014

Rebecca Salon and Elizabeth Jennings, the LEAD Center’s Project Director and Assistant Project Director respectively, presented at the National Association of Workforce Profes

Shaping Service Systems to Promote Customized Employment in Illinois

June 30, 2014

The LEAD Center Customized Employment Initiative works across systems in Illinois and Kansas to support systems change.

SAMHSA Posts Request for Applications for Supported Employment Program

March 17, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 for the Mental Health Transformation Grant Program: Transforming Lives throug

How to Minimize Job Search Blues and Maximize Job Search Excitement

May 30, 2017

As a way of commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month, the LEAD Center asked Dr. Debra Kissen to outline strategies people with psychiatric and other disabilities can use to maintain or improve their mental health while looking for work.

The Intersection of Customized Employment and Homelessness

October 28, 2016

For over 35 years, people have known about best practices and evidence-based approaches to support employment for people with intellectual disabilities.

Dads Who Are Breaking Stereotypes About Disability Employment

October 24, 2016

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a topic that is important to me on both a professional and personal level.

In The Know: Leave as an Accommodation

August 19, 2016

Did you know that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employee with a disability can request the use of accrued paid leave or the use of unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation?

In the Know: START-UP USA

May 7, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Group Discovery Training: Making Connections

June 25, 2014

The LEAD Center’s customized employment initiative in collaboration with American Job Centers (AJCs) aims to increase the use of the workforce system by people with disabilities and support their ultimate success in achieving employment. The...

In the Know: Self-Employment for People with Disabilities

June 5, 2014

This 2013 report highlights Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Recources and Training (START-UP) and makes recommendations to ensure entrepreneurs with disabilities can achieve their dream of owning their own business.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Employment First: Braiding Day & Employment Services to Build Meaningful Lives

April 2015 | Presentation
TransCen

This presentation addresses the following topics:

The Florida Rural Routes to Employment Replication Manual

January 2015 | Tool/Manual
Center for Social Capital

The Replication Manual contains specific components of best practices in Customized Employment (CE) that reflect the use of Discovering Personal Genius/Discovery and effective techniques that “bridge” Discovery, Job Development, and ongoing supports.

The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project

Website
The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project

The "Resource Handouts" section of this website contains resources produced by, and associated with, the The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project. The resources are typically applicable at a national scale.

Best Practices in Universal Design: Strategies for Intake & Orientation

LEAD Center | May 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

This presentation was used by the LEAD Center to lead a workshop titled "Best Practices in Universal Design: Strategies for Intake & Orientation" at the Annual NAWDP Conference in May 2014.

Documenting Discovery: Developing a Descriptive Profile to Guide Employment Plans Pathways to Employment Resource Center (PERC) Curriculum

January 2014 | Report/Brief
Marc Gold & Associates

Rather than using a traditionally accepted format that relies heavily on numerical indicators of how the individual compares to expected norms, as well as the opinion of the evaluator, it is possible to develop a document that describes the...

Employer Negotiation Strategies For Job Developers in Customized Employment

January 2014 | Report/Brief
Marc Gold & Associates

The culmination of any approach to employment involves direct interactions with employers. After all, employers hold the jobs wanted by job seekers with disabilities.

Job Site Supports: Suggestions for Supporting Persons with Disabilities on Job Sites

January 2014 | Report/Brief
Marc Gold & Associates

Providing quality and effective job supports is one of the more rewarding work activities that you’ll ever do. The role is varied and includes support, training, communication, interpretation and negotiation.

Linking Discovery and Self Employment

January 2014 | Webinar
Cary Griffin

This webinar addresses questions that providers need to address when discovery leads to a self-employment outcome such as how to use what you learn in discovery to help shape a business idea and how to evaluate the business idea.

Self-Directed Discovery

January 2014 | Presentation
Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC.

This Webinar will: • Explain the Importance of Discovery In Customized Employment • Introduce Self-Directed Discovery or Family Directed Discovery • Offer some Tools and strategies for family directed Discovery

The Customized Plan for Employment: Developing a Blueprint for Job Development

January 2014 | Report/Brief
Marc Gold & Associates and TACE Southeast

This guide describes the step after Discovery and the job development process - developing a blueprint for job development. 

Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Employment First: Braiding Day & Employment Services to Build Meaningful Lives

April 2015 | Presentation
TransCen

This presentation addresses the following topics:

The Florida Rural Routes to Employment Replication Manual

January 2015 | Tool/Manual
Center for Social Capital

The Replication Manual contains specific components of best practices in Customized Employment (CE) that reflect the use of Discovering Personal Genius/Discovery and effective techniques that “bridge” Discovery, Job Development, and ongoing supports.

The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project

Website
The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project

The "Resource Handouts" section of this website contains resources produced by, and associated with, the The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project. The resources are typically applicable at a national scale.

Best Practices in Universal Design: Strategies for Intake & Orientation

LEAD Center | May 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

This presentation was used by the LEAD Center to lead a workshop titled "Best Practices in Universal Design: Strategies for Intake & Orientation" at the Annual NAWDP Conference in May 2014.

Documenting Discovery: Developing a Descriptive Profile to Guide Employment Plans Pathways to Employment Resource Center (PERC) Curriculum

January 2014 | Report/Brief
Marc Gold & Associates

Rather than using a traditionally accepted format that relies heavily on numerical indicators of how the individual compares to expected norms, as well as the opinion of the evaluator, it is possible to develop a document that describes the...

Employer Negotiation Strategies For Job Developers in Customized Employment

January 2014 | Report/Brief
Marc Gold & Associates

The culmination of any approach to employment involves direct interactions with employers. After all, employers hold the jobs wanted by job seekers with disabilities.

Job Site Supports: Suggestions for Supporting Persons with Disabilities on Job Sites

January 2014 | Report/Brief
Marc Gold & Associates

Providing quality and effective job supports is one of the more rewarding work activities that you’ll ever do. The role is varied and includes support, training, communication, interpretation and negotiation.

Linking Discovery and Self Employment

January 2014 | Webinar
Cary Griffin

This webinar addresses questions that providers need to address when discovery leads to a self-employment outcome such as how to use what you learn in discovery to help shape a business idea and how to evaluate the business idea.

Self-Directed Discovery

January 2014 | Presentation
Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC.

This Webinar will: • Explain the Importance of Discovery In Customized Employment • Introduce Self-Directed Discovery or Family Directed Discovery • Offer some Tools and strategies for family directed Discovery

The Customized Plan for Employment: Developing a Blueprint for Job Development

January 2014 | Report/Brief
Marc Gold & Associates and TACE Southeast

This guide describes the step after Discovery and the job development process - developing a blueprint for job development. 

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Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Employment First: Braiding Day & Employment Services to Build Meaningful Lives

April 2015 | Presentation
TransCen

This presentation addresses the following topics:

The Florida Rural Routes to Employment Replication Manual

January 2015 | Tool/Manual
Center for Social Capital

The Replication Manual contains specific components of best practices in Customized Employment (CE) that reflect the use of Discovering Personal Genius/Discovery and effective techniques that “bridge” Discovery, Job Development, and ongoing supports.

The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project

Website
The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project

The "Resource Handouts" section of this website contains resources produced by, and associated with, the The Ohio Microenterprise & Customized Employment Demonstration Project. The resources are typically applicable at a national scale.

Best Practices in Universal Design: Strategies for Intake & Orientation

LEAD Center | May 2014 | Presentation
LEAD Center

This presentation was used by the LEAD Center to lead a workshop titled "Best Practices in Universal Design: Strategies for Intake & Orientation" at the Annual NAWDP Conference in May 2014.

Documenting Discovery: Developing a Descriptive Profile to Guide Employment Plans Pathways to Employment Resource Center (PERC) Curriculum

January 2014 | Report/Brief
Marc Gold & Associates

Rather than using a traditionally accepted format that relies heavily on numerical indicators of how the individual compares to expected norms, as well as the opinion of the evaluator, it is possible to develop a document that describes the...

Employer Negotiation Strategies For Job Developers in Customized Employment

January 2014 | Report/Brief
Marc Gold & Associates

The culmination of any approach to employment involves direct interactions with employers. After all, employers hold the jobs wanted by job seekers with disabilities.

Job Site Supports: Suggestions for Supporting Persons with Disabilities on Job Sites

January 2014 | Report/Brief
Marc Gold & Associates

Providing quality and effective job supports is one of the more rewarding work activities that you’ll ever do. The role is varied and includes support, training, communication, interpretation and negotiation.

Linking Discovery and Self Employment

January 2014 | Webinar
Cary Griffin

This webinar addresses questions that providers need to address when discovery leads to a self-employment outcome such as how to use what you learn in discovery to help shape a business idea and how to evaluate the business idea.

Self-Directed Discovery

January 2014 | Presentation
Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC.

This Webinar will: • Explain the Importance of Discovery In Customized Employment • Introduce Self-Directed Discovery or Family Directed Discovery • Offer some Tools and strategies for family directed Discovery

The Customized Plan for Employment: Developing a Blueprint for Job Development

January 2014 | Report/Brief
Marc Gold & Associates and TACE Southeast

This guide describes the step after Discovery and the job development process - developing a blueprint for job development.