Customized Employment is…
A strategy that Provides individuals with life complexities, and indeed other applicants with significant barriers to employment, with an alternative to traditional, competitive jobs. According to a new definition used by the US Department of Labor, Customized Employment refers to:
Individualizing the employment relationship between employees and employers in ways that meet the needs of both. It is based on 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 the employer. (Federal Register, June 26, 2002, Vol. 67. No. 123 pp 43154-43149).
Customized, Person-Centered Planning is…
An activity that follows discovery and is based on the information and findings that result from getting to know each individual
Owned by the individual, not the provider
Focused on facilitating outcomes in employment, life activities, preferences and contributions of the individual
An opportunity for the individual, not the provider to decide the direction and outcomes of services and supports
The individual, not the labor market, to direct job development efforts
Then a Planning meeting is set-up to strategize a custom job within the community
What are Pre-Employment Transition Services?
Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) are designed to support the transition from school into adult life of high school students with disabilities. In order to pave the way for employment, PETS services provide vocational exploration, hard and soft skills training, and competitive integrated vocational experiences to high school students. Designed to give students an introduction to work that will serve to both, inform their future vocational choices, develop work habits and obtain experience that will make them more marketable in the competitive workforce. PETS services are specifically designed to be provided to students who are enrolled in high school. Classes are around an hour to an hour and a half.
For every student to serve an independent life through meaningful work.
Engaging every student in career planning activities that lead to a fulfilling adult life through work.