Customized Employment as an Evidence-Based Practice to Improve the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Physical Disabilities
One of the most important features of customized employment is discovering the gifts and talents of the job seeker. Individuals in the person's life and the professionals who are supporting the person are encouraged to answer the questions: Who is this person? What are his or her gifts and talents? Through the discovery process, individuals are identified by their unique gifts and contributions and not as people with disabilities.
Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy: Vocational Rehabilitation RSA 911 Closure Data FY 2011, 2012, and 2013
Individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) face a number of physical and structural barriers in achieving an employment outcome. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services through the use of the federal and state VR programs is one option for obtaining the needed supports that lead to successful competitive employment outcomes. Using the Federal Rehabilitation Services Administrations (RSA) 911-database, information on individuals with a primary or secondary disability of cerebral palsy were obtained for those participants whose cases were closed during FY 2011, 2012, and 2013. This includes those participants whose cases were closed in Status 08, 28, 26, and 30.
The 2017 State of the Science Conference on the Employment of People with Physical Disabilities presented research on employment effective policies, practices, and interventions to improve the employment outcomes of people with physical disabilities. The conference was designed to discuss issues and implications from the new knowledge gained from our disability employment research activities. Along with presentations by prominent speakers, expert panels took place which provided lively discussions around empowering individuals with physical disabilities to access quality employment, independence, and integration into society.