A Vision of Employment For All: From competitive to customized. Ellen Condon University of MT Rural Institute on Disabilities http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/transition [email protected] (406) 243-4134. What if we began with the vision that everyone will work?.
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A Vision of Employment For All:From competitive to customized
University of MT Rural Institute on Disabilities
What if we began with the vision that everyone will work?
You need to opt out of work rather than opting in or demonstrating that you are ‘ready’ or able to work.
According to DOL:
Customized employment means individualizing the relationship between employees and employers in ways that meet the needs of both.
It is based upon an individualized determination of the strengths, needs and interests of the person with a disability, and is also designed to meet the specific needs of an employer.
People are ready to contribute
It is up to us to determine their ideal conditions for success, tasks, and supports needed to make a contribution.
Uses the same base, and some of the same strategies as supported employment but:
Labor Market Job Development:Responding to the needs of employers with applicants who are “qualified” to meet those general needs.
Customized Job Development:
Discovering the “strengths, needs and interests” of applicants and proactively negotiating a job description that meets both the applicant’s and employer’s specific.
Job Seeker initiates
Reviews their unmet needs or allows developer to I.D. unmet needs
If a match is identified, a new job description is created.
The Process of Customized Employment
“Who is the
“What will they
VR, DD, WIA,
Negotiate a job
In Labor Market Job Development, Job Developers meet with both applicants and numerous employers in the community to determine their needs.
The arbitrary demands of each employer result in an inevitable sorting out of the applicants. Those with more skills and less complexity rise to the top. Those with less skills and more complexity are considered last.
Even after concerted effort, our friend with significant challenges is not selected.
He is told that he didn’t quite fit any of the job descriptions due to a variety of reasons.
May include employment developed through job carving, self-employment, or other job restructuring activities that result in job responsibilities being customized and individually negotiated to fit the needs of an individual.
Typically involves representation of an individual for the purpose of negotiation around the terms of employment and needed supports.
In order to customize employment, we must begin by answering the question, “Who is this person?”
Interests, preferences, support needs, conditions where they are at their best, contributions to an employer, tasks that the individual can do