Customized Employment is a unique approach to providing job development and job retention services through an individualized process that fits each person's particular needs. Services are provided by qualified staff who are ACRE Certified (The Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) through the Rehabilitation Services Commission. All Customized Employment Services are funded through the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (ORSC).
The Discovery phase consists of an individualized process in which the Job Developer evaluates an individual’s interests, abilities, and aptitudes by interacting with the person seeking employment in various settings, including the home and community. Discovery activities may include: community observations in places where the individual enjoys spending their time; participating in activities that the individual enjoys; discussion of hobbies, collections, and interests; and interviews with people central to the individual’s life, i.e. friends, family, teachers, and service providers.
The Development phase in Customized Employment consists of creating a list of places where people with similar interest profiles work for each of the themes. The Job Developer will work with the individual and the Community Action Team (CAT) to develop marketing materials, i.e. resume, portfolios, video resumes, etc. and follow up with potential Employers listed under the themes.
Employment may be the result of job carving or individual negotiation with the employer to fit the need of the person seeking employment.