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Customized Employment/Flexible Work Arrangements Media and Press Releases

October 29, 2010

Workplace Flexibility Promotes Employment of People with Disabilities

July 7, 2009

National Association of Counties Recognizes Customized Employment Project

The Customized Employment Public Intern Project, based in Montgomery County, Maryland, received a coveted 2009 NACo Achievement Award. The project was based on a 2003-2007 DOL/ODEP-funded Customized Employment demonstration project to the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board.

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June 22, 2009

Montgomery County Customized Employment Intern Project Wins National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award

Montgomery County Maryland 's Customized Employment Public Intern Project received a 2009 NACo Achievement Award. The program was founded on a successful DOL/ODEP-funded Customized Employment Initiative to the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board.

Jan. 14, 2009

ODEP's Customized Employment Initiative Receives 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Awards Recognition

Harvard University's Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation recognizes ODEP's Customized Employment initiative as noteworthy, placing it among the top 20 percent of more than 600 applicants. According to Stephen Goldsmith, Director, Innovations in American Government Awards, Harvard University's Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, ". . . this identification is the result of their belief that the program implements established best practices."

The Innovations in American Government Awards Program
is a significant force in recognizing and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector. Through its annual awards competition, the Program provides concrete evidence that government can work to improve the quality of life for citizens and that it deserves greater public trust. By highlighting exemplary models of governments' innovative performance, the Program serves as a catalyst for continued progress in addressing the nation's most pressing public concerns.

Montgomery County, Maryland's County Executive and members of the County's Commission on People with Disabilities, community support organizations, disability advocates, interns, and parents highlighted one of ODEP's Customized Employment initiatives. In a March 13, 2008 County press event, Montgomery Works One Stop Workforce Center, which received ODEP funding to create Customized Employment systems change, was recognized for its work to alleviate the high unemployment rate of people with significant disabilities through a County intern program. Read full press release.

"Workplace Redesign"--Business Woman Magazine published by BPW/USA [Business & Professional Women/USA], Fall 2007 issue, published an article on workplace flexibility and customized employment. (Posted with permission from Business Woman Magazine and the BPW/USA.) [Word]  [PDF]

The opinions expressed in this article 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.

Sloan Work and Family Research Network's Network News interview with ODEP staff (Susan Parker, Christopher Button, Lisa Cuozzo, and Carol Boyer) on Customized Employment, August 2007. (Posted with permission from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Work and Family Research Network.)

Customized Employment: A New Competitive Edge — An article which helps human resource professionals understand the value of Customized Employment.

Customized Employment: A Back-to-Work Strategy for Job Seekers with Spinal Cord Injury, published in the National Spinal Cord Injury Association's (NSCIA) SCI Life (May/June 2007) newspaper. (Posted with permission from NSCIA.)

Disabled Employees Find Jobs at CVS Are a Good Fit, Providence Journal (November 26, 2006).

ODEP-DOL Grantee Receives Prestigious Eli LillyAward (Press Release, October 10, 2006).