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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
 

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator Guide

LEAD Center | June 2017 | Tool/Manual

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the LEAD Center are pleased to release resources for Guided Group Discovery which lays the foundation for competitive integrated employment as a Universal...

Guidance to Community Rehabilitation Program Executive Directors for the Coming Employment 1st Decade

LEAD Center | February 2017 | Report/Brief

As Employment First gains ground across the nation, shifts in organizational thinking and leadership are needed in order to not only comply with law, but to provide the best services to individuals with disabilities. Cary Griffin, CEO of Grffin-Ha

UPS Delivers the "Secret Sauce" for Disability Inclusion

LEAD Center | January 2017 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

What does successful workplace inclusion for people with disabilities look like? An innovative program at Worldport, UPS’s main air sorting hub in Louisville, Kentucky, is game-changing, reframing disability inclusion not only as social...

Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment”

January 2017 | Tool/Manual | Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Achieving Best Practice in Employment Supports: Defining Measures of Effectiveness

April 2016 | Report/Brief | Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This publication from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston) addresses a key challenge for states w

Employment First Information Brief: Perspective of Employers on Customized Employment

LEAD Center | January 2016 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

This information brief provides the results of six focus groups conducted to garner the perspective of employers who had hired individuals with disabilities into customized jobs within the past year.

Customized Employment: Descriptions, Forms, Samples, Guides and Plans

January 2016 | Tool/Manual | Marc Gold & Assciates

This website serves as a repository for Marc Gold & Associates forms, samples, guides and plans related to customized employment.

Griffin-Hammis Associates

Website | Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc.

Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc. is a full service consultancy specializing in developing communities of economic cooperation and self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Minnesota Success Stories

Website | Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC.

The Minnesota Employment Training and Technical Assistance Center (MNTAT) features success stories about Minnesotans with a variety of disabilities who are successful in individualized, customized employment or who have started their own business.

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

April 2015 | Presentation | TransCen

This presentation addresses the following topics:

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.

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
 

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator Guide

LEAD Center | June 2017 | Tool/Manual

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the LEAD Center are pleased to release resources for Guided Group Discovery which lays the foundation for competitive integrated employment as a Universal...

Guidance to Community Rehabilitation Program Executive Directors for the Coming Employment 1st Decade

LEAD Center | February 2017 | Report/Brief

As Employment First gains ground across the nation, shifts in organizational thinking and leadership are needed in order to not only comply with law, but to provide the best services to individuals with disabilities. Cary Griffin, CEO of Grffin-Ha

UPS Delivers the "Secret Sauce" for Disability Inclusion

LEAD Center | January 2017 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

What does successful workplace inclusion for people with disabilities look like? An innovative program at Worldport, UPS’s main air sorting hub in Louisville, Kentucky, is game-changing, reframing disability inclusion not only as social...

Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment”

January 2017 | Tool/Manual | Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Achieving Best Practice in Employment Supports: Defining Measures of Effectiveness

April 2016 | Report/Brief | Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This publication from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston) addresses a key challenge for states w

Employment First Information Brief: Perspective of Employers on Customized Employment

LEAD Center | January 2016 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

This information brief provides the results of six focus groups conducted to garner the perspective of employers who had hired individuals with disabilities into customized jobs within the past year.

Customized Employment: Descriptions, Forms, Samples, Guides and Plans

January 2016 | Tool/Manual | Marc Gold & Assciates

This website serves as a repository for Marc Gold & Associates forms, samples, guides and plans related to customized employment.

Griffin-Hammis Associates

Website | Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc.

Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc. is a full service consultancy specializing in developing communities of economic cooperation and self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Minnesota Success Stories

Website | Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC.

The Minnesota Employment Training and Technical Assistance Center (MNTAT) features success stories about Minnesotans with a variety of disabilities who are successful in individualized, customized employment or who have started their own business.

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

April 2015 | Presentation | TransCen

This presentation addresses the following topics:

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.

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
 

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator Guide

LEAD Center | June 2017 | Tool/Manual

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the LEAD Center are pleased to release resources for Guided Group Discovery which lays the foundation for competitive integrated employment as a Universal...

Guidance to Community Rehabilitation Program Executive Directors for the Coming Employment 1st Decade

LEAD Center | February 2017 | Report/Brief

As Employment First gains ground across the nation, shifts in organizational thinking and leadership are needed in order to not only comply with law, but to provide the best services to individuals with disabilities. Cary Griffin, CEO of Grffin-...

UPS Delivers the "Secret Sauce" for Disability Inclusion

LEAD Center | January 2017 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

What does successful workplace inclusion for people with disabilities look like? An innovative program at Worldport, UPS’s main air sorting hub in Louisville, Kentucky, is game-changing, reframing disability inclusion not only as social...

Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment”

January 2017 | Tool/Manual
Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as...

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Achieving Best Practice in Employment Supports: Defining Measures of Effectiveness

April 2016 | Report/Brief
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This publication from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston) addresses a key challenge for states with Employ

Employment First Information Brief: Perspective of Employers on Customized Employment

LEAD Center | January 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

This information brief provides the results of six focus groups conducted to garner the perspective of employers who had hired individuals with disabilities into customized jobs within the past year.

Customized Employment: Descriptions, Forms, Samples, Guides and Plans

January 2016 | Tool/Manual
Marc Gold & Assciates

This website serves as a repository for Marc Gold & Associates forms, samples, guides and plans related to customized employment.

Griffin-Hammis Associates

Website
Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc.

Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc. is a full service consultancy specializing in developing communities of economic cooperation and self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Minnesota Success Stories

Website
Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC.

The Minnesota Employment Training and Technical Assistance Center (MNTAT) features success stories about Minnesotans with a variety of disabilities who are successful in individualized, customized employment or who have started their own business.

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

April 2015 | Presentation
TransCen

This presentation addresses the following topics:

Webinars

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.

LEAD On! Articles

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.

News

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

Blogs

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 - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator Guide

LEAD Center | June 2017 | Tool/Manual

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the LEAD Center are pleased to release resources for Guided Group Discovery which lays the foundation for competitive integrated employment as a Universal...

Guidance to Community Rehabilitation Program Executive Directors for the Coming Employment 1st Decade

LEAD Center | February 2017 | Report/Brief

As Employment First gains ground across the nation, shifts in organizational thinking and leadership are needed in order to not only comply with law, but to provide the best services to individuals with disabilities. Cary Griffin, CEO of Grffin-...

UPS Delivers the "Secret Sauce" for Disability Inclusion

LEAD Center | January 2017 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

What does successful workplace inclusion for people with disabilities look like? An innovative program at Worldport, UPS’s main air sorting hub in Louisville, Kentucky, is game-changing, reframing disability inclusion not only as social...

Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment”

January 2017 | Tool/Manual
Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as...

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Achieving Best Practice in Employment Supports: Defining Measures of Effectiveness

April 2016 | Report/Brief
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This publication from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston) addresses a key challenge for states with Employ

Employment First Information Brief: Perspective of Employers on Customized Employment

LEAD Center | January 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

This information brief provides the results of six focus groups conducted to garner the perspective of employers who had hired individuals with disabilities into customized jobs within the past year.

Customized Employment: Descriptions, Forms, Samples, Guides and Plans

January 2016 | Tool/Manual
Marc Gold & Assciates

This website serves as a repository for Marc Gold & Associates forms, samples, guides and plans related to customized employment.

Griffin-Hammis Associates

Website
Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc.

Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc. is a full service consultancy specializing in developing communities of economic cooperation and self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Minnesota Success Stories

Website
Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC.

The Minnesota Employment Training and Technical Assistance Center (MNTAT) features success stories about Minnesotans with a variety of disabilities who are successful in individualized, customized employment or who have started their own business.

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

April 2015 | Presentation
TransCen

This presentation addresses the following topics:

Webinars

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.

LEAD On! Articles

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.

News

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

Blogs

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 - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator Guide

LEAD Center | June 2017 | Tool/Manual

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the LEAD Center are pleased to release resources for Guided Group Discovery which lays the foundation for competitive integrated employment as a Universal...

Guidance to Community Rehabilitation Program Executive Directors for the Coming Employment 1st Decade

LEAD Center | February 2017 | Report/Brief

As Employment First gains ground across the nation, shifts in organizational thinking and leadership are needed in order to not only comply with law, but to provide the best services to individuals with disabilities. Cary Griffin, CEO of Grffin-...

UPS Delivers the "Secret Sauce" for Disability Inclusion

LEAD Center | January 2017 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

What does successful workplace inclusion for people with disabilities look like? An innovative program at Worldport, UPS’s main air sorting hub in Louisville, Kentucky, is game-changing, reframing disability inclusion not only as social...

Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment”

January 2017 | Tool/Manual
Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as...

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Achieving Best Practice in Employment Supports: Defining Measures of Effectiveness

April 2016 | Report/Brief
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This publication from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston) addresses a key challenge for states with Employ

Employment First Information Brief: Perspective of Employers on Customized Employment

LEAD Center | January 2016 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

This information brief provides the results of six focus groups conducted to garner the perspective of employers who had hired individuals with disabilities into customized jobs within the past year.

Customized Employment: Descriptions, Forms, Samples, Guides and Plans

January 2016 | Tool/Manual
Marc Gold & Assciates

This website serves as a repository for Marc Gold & Associates forms, samples, guides and plans related to customized employment.

Griffin-Hammis Associates

Website
Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc.

Griffin-Hammis Associates, Inc. is a full service consultancy specializing in developing communities of economic cooperation and self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Minnesota Success Stories

Website
Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC.

The Minnesota Employment Training and Technical Assistance Center (MNTAT) features success stories about Minnesotans with a variety of disabilities who are successful in individualized, customized employment or who have started their own business.

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

April 2015 | Presentation
TransCen

This presentation addresses the following topics:

Webinars

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.

LEAD On! Articles

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.

News

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

Blogs

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.