Skip to page content
Office of Disability Employment Policy
Bookmark and Share

ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy

Disability Employment Policy Resources by Topic

Quick Links

ODEP-Funded Customized Employment Materials and Other Technical Assistance Resources






Customized Employment Portfolio Series
Volumes I and II

  • Customized Employment: Practical Solutions for Employment Success — Volume I [PDF] [Text] provides a general overview of the following topics:
    • Customized Employment: A New Competitive Edge
    • Principles and Indicators
    • Job Seeker Exploration
    • Creating a Blueprint for Job Development
    • Negotiating with Employers
  • Customized Employment: Applying Practical Solutions for Employment Success — Volume II [PDF] [Word] expands on those topics presented in Volume I and provides ideas on how to use these strategies with job seekers for their own Customized Employment success.


Fact Sheets



Research

ODEP has funded pilot demonstration programs across the United States to build the capacity and change the workforce development system to better serve adults and youths with disabilities. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of these demonstration programs, ODEP contracted with the private research firm Westat to conduct an independent evaluation of these programs. A summary of the findings, conclusions, and recommendations to date of Westat's evaluation of ODEP's demonstration programs is available.

Customized Employment Innovation--Findings from the Field

Based on the customized employment initiatives funded by ODEP, these findings showcase these initiatives' innovations as they implemented customized employment and partnered with the public and private workforce development system. This collection of reports explores the following topics:

  • Best practices and findings from 26 Customized Employment and WorkFORCE Action Grant sites nationwide
  • Policy implications of the host of new practices, collaborations and methods created through the operation of these grant projects
  • Findings from five years of intensive system- and policy-change efforts useful for policy leaders seeking to create innovation in their own area

Customized Employment--Employers and Workers: Creating a Competitive Edge--Summary Report on Customized Employment Grants and Workforce Action Grants [PDF] [Word] (April 2007)

This document was developed by the National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult. The center is based at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston and funded through the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) grant number E-9-4-1-0071. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Labor.



Web Broadcasts



Other Publications

  • Section 188 Checklist
    ODEP collaborated with DOL's Employment and Training Administration and its Civil Rights Center to jointly develop and issue the "WIA Section 188 Disability Checklist." The checklist provides a uniform procedure for measuring compliance with those provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the implementing regulations (29 CFR Part 37) that pertain to persons with disabilities for physical, programmatic, and communication accessibility.
  • Training and Technical Assistance for Providers (T-TAP) Final Report
    This ODEP cooperative agreement provided funds for the implementation of a national technical assistance and training effort designed to increase the capacity of community rehabilitation providers (CRPs) that provide services for people with disabilities. The desired outcome of the T-TAP effort was to work with providers to: (1) Evolve their programs to provide integrated employment outcomes in non-stereotypical jobs based on customized employment strategies and individual choice and (2) Increase wages of people with disabilities who are currently working at less than the federal minimum wage. The Appendix provides information on the T-TAP-sponsored a meeting in Washington, DC held on October 16 and 17, 2006. The focus of the meeting was to discuss the best practices that promote customized employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities as well as the barriers.

    This document was developed by the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in partnership with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The center was funded through the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) grant number E-9-4-2- 0117. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Community Rehabilitation Programs and Organizational Change: A Mentor Guide to Increase Customized Employment Outcomes

    This resource is a detailed description of mentorship as a key technical assistance strategy. The guide provides information to Community Rehabilitation Programs on how to approach organizational change designed to improve employment outcomes, and in particular ways that a mentor may support the change. [Word][PDF]

    This manual was developed by T-TAP, funded by a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (#E-9-4-2-01217). The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Customized Employment--Employers and Workers: Creating a Competitive Edge--Summary Report on Customized Employment Grants and Workforce Action Grants [PDF] [Word] (April 2007)

    This document was developed by the National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult. The center is based at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston and funded through the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) grant number E-9-4-1-0071. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Customized Employment Videos

These Customized Employment (CE) videos, each specifically focused on Employers, Youth, or a General audience, highlight the benefits of CE, an employment strategy which matches the skills and preferences of the individual with the specific business needs of the employer. This process results in expanded employment opportunities for those who utilize and engage in this innovative, evidenced-based approach to employment. The General audience video has been created in both English and Spanish.