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Many excellent publications on Customized Employment are not available online. The following is a list of some key resources. If you would like help locating items on the list or getting additional information, contact us via email at

The Job Developer's Handbook: Practical Tactics for Customized Employment --Griffin, Cary; Hammis, David; Geary, Tammara. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes. (2007)This guide walks employment specialists step by step through customized job development for people with disabilities, revealing the best ways to build a satisfying, meaningful job around a person's preferences, skills, and goals. It offers tips and ideas for every aspect of job development for youth and adults with significant support needs including: discovering who the person is and what he or she really wants; ensuring goodness of fit between employer and employee; finding—or creating—"hidden jobs" in smaller companies; empowering people through resource ownership (investing in resources that employers need); skillfully negotiating job duties while managing conflicts that might arise; creatively maximizing benefits using social security work incentives; and encouraging family support while respecting the individual as an adult. Publisher's web site:

Individualized Career Planning for students with significant support needs utilizing the Discovery and Vocational Profile process, cross-agency collaborative funding and Social Security Work Incentives --Condon, Ellen; Callahan, Michael. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 2008, Vol. 28, #2, pp. 85-96. (2008) Nationally, less than 8% of students with a disability exit school with a job, enrollment in post-secondary education, involvement in community recreation and leisure activities, or independent living arrangements [8]. Those students most likely to leave school without skills and supports necessary to work in the community are those with the most significant disabilities. The Individualized Career Planning Model provides a transition planning template for these students. The process includes conducting Discovery, writing a Vocational Profile, facilitating a Customized Employment Planning Meeting, and creating a Representational Portfolio. Using the model, students obtain Customized Employment/self-employment, are linked to collaboratively funded supports, and are assisted to access Social Security work incentives such as Plans for Achieving Self Support. Publisher's web site:

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