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Customized Employment

LEAD Center has multiple initiatives to promote Customized Employment as a universal design approach within the workforce development system to enable youth and adults with disabilities to secure and maintain employment. The LEAD Center provides intensive technical assistance and training to staff at American Job Centers (AJCs) and their partners on group discovery, customized employment, self-guided discovery and self-employment, while highlighting the benefits of partnerships, collaborations, and braiding and leveraging resources. 

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Website

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has launched a newly updated website. It provides a more user-friendly layout with easier access to JAN's publications, toolkits, training modules, and other resources.

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator Guide

LEAD Center | May 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook is now available! This user-friendly tool allows youth and adults to create a personalized Blueprint for Employment from their own browser.

Self-Guided Discovery Facilitator's Guide: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the LEAD Center are pleased to release this Facilitator’s Guide to Self-Guided Discovery.

Information Brief: Customized Employment and Guided Group Discovery

LEAD Center | January 2018 | Report/Brief

Guided Group Discovery (GGD) opens doors to employment for people who experience barriers to employment.

Customized Employment: Stories and Lessons from the Field

January 2018 | Tool/Manual

Customized Employment (CE) represents a nuanced departure from traditional competitive and comparative approaches to developing work. True CE is hard to come by actually.

The Essential Elements of Customized Employment for Universal Application

July 2017 | Tool/Manual

Customized employment (CE) refers to competitive integrated employment, for an individual with a significant disability, that is based on an individualized determination of the strengths, needs, and interests of the individual with a significant d

Guidance to Community Rehabilitation Program Executive Directors for the Coming Employment 1st Decade

LEAD Center | February 2017 | Report/Brief

As Employment First gains ground across the nation, shifts in organizational thinking and leadership are needed in order to not only comply with law, but to provide the best services to individuals with disabilities. Cary Griffin, CEO of Grffin-Ha

UPS Delivers the "Secret Sauce" for Disability Inclusion

LEAD Center | January 2017 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

What does successful workplace inclusion for people with disabilities look like? An innovative program at Worldport, UPS’s main air sorting hub in Louisville, Kentucky, is game-changing, reframing disability inclusion not only as social...

Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment”

January 2017 | Tool/Manual | Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Achieving Best Practice in Employment Supports: Defining Measures of Effectiveness

April 2016 | Report/Brief | Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This publication from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston) addresses a key challenge for states w

Webinar: Self-Guided Discovery: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment

March 28, 2018

Sign up now for a webinar on Self-Guided Discovery: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment.

WEBINAR: Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment

June 26, 2017

Don’t miss this webinar on Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment,, in which we will share materials you can use to implement Guided Group Discovery through cross-system partnerships.

Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships

October 6, 2016

Join this webinar to gain information you can use about Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships.

Customized Employment: Moving Beyond the Basics

July 30, 2014

Join us to continue to build your understanding of Customized Employment and your ability to provide this innovative employment practice to those you serve.

Promoting Leadership: Cross-Agency Approaches to Advance the Use of Customized Employment and Self–Employment Strategies

August 28, 2013

During this webinar, we will discuss reasons and strategies for aligning resources across systems to support the implementation of Discovery, Customized Employment, and Self-Employment.

Promoting Employment - Discovering Your Potential: Using Discovery to Identify Your Employment Goals

July 31, 2013

This webinar will provide information on how to use Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities – to discover your personal employment goals.

Group Discovery: An Alternative Assessment Tool for Workforce Centers and Community-Based Providers

June 26, 2013

This webinar will provide information on Group Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities.

Promoting Employment - Introduction to Customized Employment and Customized Self Employment

May 29, 2013

This webinar will provide information on two best practices – Customized Employment and Customized Self-Employment.

LEAD Center’s Statewide Youth Employment Project in Oregon Highlighted at Federal Briefing

September 26, 2018

On August 8 and 9, 2018, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) hosted Employment First Federal Briefings on School-to-Work Transition, Provider Transformation, Interagency Coordination, and Mental Health practices that have been shown

New LEAD Center Self-Paced Trainings Now Available!

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center just launched self-paced trainings on popular topics, including Customized Employment, Guided Group Discovery, and Financial Literacy.

Oregon Update: Youth Guided Group Discovery

September 26, 2018

As fall begins and students are returning to school, LEAD Center has already met with the transition network facilitators at our Oregon Guided Group Discovery pilot sites.

LEAD Center Releases Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook

June 28, 2018

The LEAD Center is pleased to announce the release of the Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook.

Update: Oregon Guided Group Discovery Youth Pilot

June 28, 2018

In the previous LEAD On! newsletter, we told you about kicking off Oregon’s statewide Guided Group Discovery (GGD) Youth Pilot. The six pilot sites included a mix of rural and urban locations throughout Oregon.

Adding Self-Guided Discovery to Your Toolkit: An Additional Resource to Promote Employment Outcomes for People with Barriers to Employment

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) were excited to release the

Guided Group Discovery Youth Pilot Kicks Off in Oregon

March 28, 2018

On February 28, 2018, Oregon’s statewide Guided Group Discovery (GGD) Youth Pilot kicked off with a full-day Train-the-Trainer for 31 Transition Network Facilitators, Youth Transition Program staff, and teachers from across the state.

LEAD Center Releases Policy Briefs on Guided Group Discovery and ABLE Accounts and Employment

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center recently published two policy briefs: Improving Employment Outcomes with ABLE Accounts and

Tennessee American Job Center Hosts LEAD Center’s First Guided Group Discovery Veterans Pilot

December 19, 2017

On December 7th, LEAD Center staff launched a new Guided Group Discovery (GGD) pilot focused on veterans by providing a Facilitator Training at a comprehensive American Job Center (AJC) in Clarksville, Tenn.

Oregon Guided Group Discovery Project

September 27, 2017

Guided Group Discovery (GGD) curriculum materials, developed by the LEAD Center, offe

SAMHSA Posts Request for Applications for Supported Employment Program

March 17, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 for the Mental Health Transformation Grant Program: Transforming Lives throug

Customized Employment Helped Me Get a Job I Love

September 28, 2018

In our newest blog, Brian Salewski shares how customized employment helped him land a job he loves in the Finance Department of Montgomery County Health and Human Services.

How to Minimize Job Search Blues and Maximize Job Search Excitement

May 30, 2017

As a way of commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month, the LEAD Center asked Dr. Debra Kissen to outline strategies people with psychiatric and other disabilities can use to maintain or improve their mental health while looking for work.

The Intersection of Customized Employment and Homelessness

October 28, 2016

For over 35 years, people have known about best practices and evidence-based approaches to support employment for people with intellectual disabilities.

Dads Who Are Breaking Stereotypes About Disability Employment

October 24, 2016

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a topic that is important to me on both a professional and personal level.

In The Know: Leave as an Accommodation

August 19, 2016

Did you know that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employee with a disability can request the use of accrued paid leave or the use of unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation?

In the Know: START-UP USA

May 7, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Group Discovery Training: Making Connections

June 25, 2014

The LEAD Center’s customized employment initiative in collaboration with American Job Centers (AJCs) aims to increase the use of the workforce system by people with disabilities and support their ultimate success in achieving employment. The...

In the Know: Self-Employment for People with Disabilities

June 5, 2014

This 2013 report highlights Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Recources and Training (START-UP) and makes recommendations to ensure entrepreneurs with disabilities can achieve their dream of owning their own business.

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Website

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has launched a newly updated website. It provides a more user-friendly layout with easier access to JAN's publications, toolkits, training modules, and other resources.

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator Guide

LEAD Center | May 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook is now available! This user-friendly tool allows youth and adults to create a personalized Blueprint for Employment from their own browser.

Self-Guided Discovery Facilitator's Guide: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the LEAD Center are pleased to release this Facilitator’s Guide to Self-Guided Discovery.

Information Brief: Customized Employment and Guided Group Discovery

LEAD Center | January 2018 | Report/Brief

Guided Group Discovery (GGD) opens doors to employment for people who experience barriers to employment.

Customized Employment: Stories and Lessons from the Field

January 2018 | Tool/Manual

Customized Employment (CE) represents a nuanced departure from traditional competitive and comparative approaches to developing work. True CE is hard to come by actually.

The Essential Elements of Customized Employment for Universal Application

July 2017 | Tool/Manual

Customized employment (CE) refers to competitive integrated employment, for an individual with a significant disability, that is based on an individualized determination of the strengths, needs, and interests of the individual with a significant d

Guidance to Community Rehabilitation Program Executive Directors for the Coming Employment 1st Decade

LEAD Center | February 2017 | Report/Brief

As Employment First gains ground across the nation, shifts in organizational thinking and leadership are needed in order to not only comply with law, but to provide the best services to individuals with disabilities. Cary Griffin, CEO of Grffin-Ha

UPS Delivers the "Secret Sauce" for Disability Inclusion

LEAD Center | January 2017 | Report/Brief | LEAD Center

What does successful workplace inclusion for people with disabilities look like? An innovative program at Worldport, UPS’s main air sorting hub in Louisville, Kentucky, is game-changing, reframing disability inclusion not only as social...

Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment”

January 2017 | Tool/Manual | Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Achieving Best Practice in Employment Supports: Defining Measures of Effectiveness

April 2016 | Report/Brief | Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This publication from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston) addresses a key challenge for states w

Webinar: Self-Guided Discovery: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment

March 28, 2018

Sign up now for a webinar on Self-Guided Discovery: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment.

WEBINAR: Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment

June 26, 2017

Don’t miss this webinar on Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment,, in which we will share materials you can use to implement Guided Group Discovery through cross-system partnerships.

Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships

October 6, 2016

Join this webinar to gain information you can use about Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships.

Customized Employment: Moving Beyond the Basics

July 30, 2014

Join us to continue to build your understanding of Customized Employment and your ability to provide this innovative employment practice to those you serve.

Promoting Leadership: Cross-Agency Approaches to Advance the Use of Customized Employment and Self–Employment Strategies

August 28, 2013

During this webinar, we will discuss reasons and strategies for aligning resources across systems to support the implementation of Discovery, Customized Employment, and Self-Employment.

Promoting Employment - Discovering Your Potential: Using Discovery to Identify Your Employment Goals

July 31, 2013

This webinar will provide information on how to use Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities – to discover your personal employment goals.

Group Discovery: An Alternative Assessment Tool for Workforce Centers and Community-Based Providers

June 26, 2013

This webinar will provide information on Group Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities.

Promoting Employment - Introduction to Customized Employment and Customized Self Employment

May 29, 2013

This webinar will provide information on two best practices – Customized Employment and Customized Self-Employment.

LEAD Center’s Statewide Youth Employment Project in Oregon Highlighted at Federal Briefing

September 26, 2018

On August 8 and 9, 2018, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) hosted Employment First Federal Briefings on School-to-Work Transition, Provider Transformation, Interagency Coordination, and Mental Health practices that have been shown

New LEAD Center Self-Paced Trainings Now Available!

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center just launched self-paced trainings on popular topics, including Customized Employment, Guided Group Discovery, and Financial Literacy.

Oregon Update: Youth Guided Group Discovery

September 26, 2018

As fall begins and students are returning to school, LEAD Center has already met with the transition network facilitators at our Oregon Guided Group Discovery pilot sites.

LEAD Center Releases Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook

June 28, 2018

The LEAD Center is pleased to announce the release of the Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook.

Update: Oregon Guided Group Discovery Youth Pilot

June 28, 2018

In the previous LEAD On! newsletter, we told you about kicking off Oregon’s statewide Guided Group Discovery (GGD) Youth Pilot. The six pilot sites included a mix of rural and urban locations throughout Oregon.

Adding Self-Guided Discovery to Your Toolkit: An Additional Resource to Promote Employment Outcomes for People with Barriers to Employment

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) were excited to release the

Guided Group Discovery Youth Pilot Kicks Off in Oregon

March 28, 2018

On February 28, 2018, Oregon’s statewide Guided Group Discovery (GGD) Youth Pilot kicked off with a full-day Train-the-Trainer for 31 Transition Network Facilitators, Youth Transition Program staff, and teachers from across the state.

LEAD Center Releases Policy Briefs on Guided Group Discovery and ABLE Accounts and Employment

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center recently published two policy briefs: Improving Employment Outcomes with ABLE Accounts and

Tennessee American Job Center Hosts LEAD Center’s First Guided Group Discovery Veterans Pilot

December 19, 2017

On December 7th, LEAD Center staff launched a new Guided Group Discovery (GGD) pilot focused on veterans by providing a Facilitator Training at a comprehensive American Job Center (AJC) in Clarksville, Tenn.

Oregon Guided Group Discovery Project

September 27, 2017

Guided Group Discovery (GGD) curriculum materials, developed by the LEAD Center, offe

SAMHSA Posts Request for Applications for Supported Employment Program

March 17, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 for the Mental Health Transformation Grant Program: Transforming Lives throug

Customized Employment Helped Me Get a Job I Love

September 28, 2018

In our newest blog, Brian Salewski shares how customized employment helped him land a job he loves in the Finance Department of Montgomery County Health and Human Services.

How to Minimize Job Search Blues and Maximize Job Search Excitement

May 30, 2017

As a way of commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month, the LEAD Center asked Dr. Debra Kissen to outline strategies people with psychiatric and other disabilities can use to maintain or improve their mental health while looking for work.

The Intersection of Customized Employment and Homelessness

October 28, 2016

For over 35 years, people have known about best practices and evidence-based approaches to support employment for people with intellectual disabilities.

Dads Who Are Breaking Stereotypes About Disability Employment

October 24, 2016

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a topic that is important to me on both a professional and personal level.

In The Know: Leave as an Accommodation

August 19, 2016

Did you know that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employee with a disability can request the use of accrued paid leave or the use of unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation?

In the Know: START-UP USA

May 7, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Group Discovery Training: Making Connections

June 25, 2014

The LEAD Center’s customized employment initiative in collaboration with American Job Centers (AJCs) aims to increase the use of the workforce system by people with disabilities and support their ultimate success in achieving employment. The...

In the Know: Self-Employment for People with Disabilities

June 5, 2014

This 2013 report highlights Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Recources and Training (START-UP) and makes recommendations to ensure entrepreneurs with disabilities can achieve their dream of owning their own business.

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Website

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has launched a newly updated website. It provides a more user-friendly layout with easier access to JAN's publications, toolkits, training modules, and other resources.

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator Guide

LEAD Center | May 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook is now available! This user-friendly tool allows youth and adults to create a personalized Blueprint for Employment from their own browser.

Self-Guided Discovery Facilitator's Guide: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the LEAD Center are pleased to release this Facilitator’s Guide to Self-Guided Discovery.

Information Brief: Customized Employment and Guided Group Discovery

LEAD Center | January 2018 | Report/Brief

Guided Group Discovery (GGD) opens doors to employment for people who experience barriers to employment.

Customized Employment: Stories and Lessons from the Field

January 2018 | Tool/Manual

Customized Employment (CE) represents a nuanced departure from traditional competitive and comparative approaches to developing work. True CE is hard to come by actually.

The Essential Elements of Customized Employment for Universal Application

July 2017 | Tool/Manual

Customized employment (CE) refers to competitive integrated employment, for an individual with a significant disability, that is based on an individualized determination of the strengths, needs, and interests of the individual with a significant...

Guidance to Community Rehabilitation Program Executive Directors for the Coming Employment 1st Decade

LEAD Center | February 2017 | Report/Brief

As Employment First gains ground across the nation, shifts in organizational thinking and leadership are needed in order to not only comply with law, but to provide the best services to individuals with disabilities. Cary Griffin, CEO of Grffin-...

UPS Delivers the "Secret Sauce" for Disability Inclusion

LEAD Center | January 2017 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

What does successful workplace inclusion for people with disabilities look like? An innovative program at Worldport, UPS’s main air sorting hub in Louisville, Kentucky, is game-changing, reframing disability inclusion not only as social...

Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment”

January 2017 | Tool/Manual
Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as...

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Achieving Best Practice in Employment Supports: Defining Measures of Effectiveness

April 2016 | Report/Brief
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This publication from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston) addresses a key challenge for states with Employ

Webinars

Customized Employment: Moving Beyond the Basics

July 30, 2014

Join us to continue to build your understanding of Customized Employment and your ability to provide this innovative employment practice to those you serve.

Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships

October 6, 2016

Join this webinar to gain information you can use about Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships.

Group Discovery: An Alternative Assessment Tool for Workforce Centers and Community-Based Providers

June 26, 2013

This webinar will provide information on Group Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities.

Promoting Employment - Discovering Your Potential: Using Discovery to Identify Your Employment Goals

July 31, 2013

This webinar will provide information on how to use Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities – to discover your personal employment goals.

Promoting Employment - Introduction to Customized Employment and Customized Self Employment

May 29, 2013

This webinar will provide information on two best practices – Customized Employment and Customized Self-Employment.

Promoting Leadership: Cross-Agency Approaches to Advance the Use of Customized Employment and Self–Employment Strategies

August 28, 2013

During this webinar, we will discuss reasons and strategies for aligning resources across systems to support the implementation of Discovery, Customized Employment, and Self-Employment.

WEBINAR: Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment

June 26, 2017

Don’t miss this webinar on Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment,, in which we will share materials you can use to implement Guided Group Discovery through cross-system partnerships.

Webinar: Self-Guided Discovery: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment

March 28, 2018

Sign up now for a webinar on Self-Guided Discovery: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment.

LEAD On! Articles

LEAD Center’s Statewide Youth Employment Project in Oregon Highlighted at Federal Briefing

September 26, 2018

On August 8 and 9, 2018, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) hosted Employment First Federal Briefings on School-to-Work Transition, Provider Transformation, Interagency Coordination, and Mental Health practices that have been shown

New LEAD Center Self-Paced Trainings Now Available!

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center just launched self-paced trainings on popular topics, including Customized Employment, Guided Group Discovery, and Financial Literacy.

Oregon Update: Youth Guided Group Discovery

September 26, 2018

As fall begins and students are returning to school, LEAD Center has already met with the transition network facilitators at our Oregon Guided Group Discovery pilot sites.

LEAD Center Releases Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook

June 28, 2018

The LEAD Center is pleased to announce the release of the Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook.

Update: Oregon Guided Group Discovery Youth Pilot

June 28, 2018

In the previous LEAD On! newsletter, we told you about kicking off Oregon’s statewide Guided Group Discovery (GGD) Youth Pilot. The six pilot sites included a mix of rural and urban locations throughout Oregon.

Adding Self-Guided Discovery to Your Toolkit: An Additional Resource to Promote Employment Outcomes for People with Barriers to Employment

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) were excited to release the

Guided Group Discovery Youth Pilot Kicks Off in Oregon

March 28, 2018

On February 28, 2018, Oregon’s statewide Guided Group Discovery (GGD) Youth Pilot kicked off with a full-day Train-the-Trainer for 31 Transition Network Facilitators, Youth Transition Program staff, and teachers from across the state.

LEAD Center Releases Policy Briefs on Guided Group Discovery and ABLE Accounts and Employment

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center recently published two policy briefs: Improving Employment Outcomes with ABLE Accounts and

Tennessee American Job Center Hosts LEAD Center’s First Guided Group Discovery Veterans Pilot

December 19, 2017

On December 7th, LEAD Center staff launched a new Guided Group Discovery (GGD) pilot focused on veterans by providing a Facilitator Training at a comprehensive American Job Center (AJC) in Clarksville, Tenn.

Oregon Guided Group Discovery Project

September 27, 2017

Guided Group Discovery (GGD) curriculum materials, developed by the LEAD Center, offe

News

SAMHSA Posts Request for Applications for Supported Employment Program

March 17, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 for the Mental Health Transformation Grant Program: Transforming Lives throug

Blogs

Customized Employment Helped Me Get a Job I Love

September 28, 2018

In our newest blog, Brian Salewski shares how customized employment helped him land a job he loves in the Finance Department of Montgomery County Health and Human Services.

How to Minimize Job Search Blues and Maximize Job Search Excitement

May 30, 2017

As a way of commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month, the LEAD Center asked Dr. Debra Kissen to outline strategies people with psychiatric and other disabilities can use to maintain or improve their mental health while looking for work.

The Intersection of Customized Employment and Homelessness

October 28, 2016

For over 35 years, people have known about best practices and evidence-based approaches to support employment for people with intellectual disabilities.

Dads Who Are Breaking Stereotypes About Disability Employment

October 24, 2016

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a topic that is important to me on both a professional and personal level.

In The Know: Leave as an Accommodation

August 19, 2016

Did you know that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employee with a disability can request the use of accrued paid leave or the use of unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation?

In the Know: START-UP USA

May 7, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Group Discovery Training: Making Connections

June 25, 2014

The LEAD Center’s customized employment initiative in collaboration with American Job Centers (AJCs) aims to increase the use of the workforce system by people with disabilities and support their ultimate success in achieving employment. The...

In the Know: Self-Employment for People with Disabilities

June 5, 2014

This 2013 report highlights Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Recources and Training (START-UP) and makes recommendations to ensure entrepreneurs with disabilities can achieve their dream of owning their own business.

Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Website

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has launched a newly updated website. It provides a more user-friendly layout with easier access to JAN's publications, toolkits, training modules, and other resources.

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator Guide

LEAD Center | May 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook is now available! This user-friendly tool allows youth and adults to create a personalized Blueprint for Employment from their own browser.

Self-Guided Discovery Facilitator's Guide: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the LEAD Center are pleased to release this Facilitator’s Guide to Self-Guided Discovery.

Information Brief: Customized Employment and Guided Group Discovery

LEAD Center | January 2018 | Report/Brief

Guided Group Discovery (GGD) opens doors to employment for people who experience barriers to employment.

Customized Employment: Stories and Lessons from the Field

January 2018 | Tool/Manual

Customized Employment (CE) represents a nuanced departure from traditional competitive and comparative approaches to developing work. True CE is hard to come by actually.

The Essential Elements of Customized Employment for Universal Application

July 2017 | Tool/Manual

Customized employment (CE) refers to competitive integrated employment, for an individual with a significant disability, that is based on an individualized determination of the strengths, needs, and interests of the individual with a significant...

Guidance to Community Rehabilitation Program Executive Directors for the Coming Employment 1st Decade

LEAD Center | February 2017 | Report/Brief

As Employment First gains ground across the nation, shifts in organizational thinking and leadership are needed in order to not only comply with law, but to provide the best services to individuals with disabilities. Cary Griffin, CEO of Grffin-...

UPS Delivers the "Secret Sauce" for Disability Inclusion

LEAD Center | January 2017 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

What does successful workplace inclusion for people with disabilities look like? An innovative program at Worldport, UPS’s main air sorting hub in Louisville, Kentucky, is game-changing, reframing disability inclusion not only as social...

Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment”

January 2017 | Tool/Manual
Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as...

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Achieving Best Practice in Employment Supports: Defining Measures of Effectiveness

April 2016 | Report/Brief
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This publication from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston) addresses a key challenge for states with Employ

Webinars

Customized Employment: Moving Beyond the Basics

July 30, 2014

Join us to continue to build your understanding of Customized Employment and your ability to provide this innovative employment practice to those you serve.

Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships

October 6, 2016

Join this webinar to gain information you can use about Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships.

Group Discovery: An Alternative Assessment Tool for Workforce Centers and Community-Based Providers

June 26, 2013

This webinar will provide information on Group Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities.

Promoting Employment - Discovering Your Potential: Using Discovery to Identify Your Employment Goals

July 31, 2013

This webinar will provide information on how to use Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities – to discover your personal employment goals.

Promoting Employment - Introduction to Customized Employment and Customized Self Employment

May 29, 2013

This webinar will provide information on two best practices – Customized Employment and Customized Self-Employment.

Promoting Leadership: Cross-Agency Approaches to Advance the Use of Customized Employment and Self–Employment Strategies

August 28, 2013

During this webinar, we will discuss reasons and strategies for aligning resources across systems to support the implementation of Discovery, Customized Employment, and Self-Employment.

WEBINAR: Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment

June 26, 2017

Don’t miss this webinar on Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment,, in which we will share materials you can use to implement Guided Group Discovery through cross-system partnerships.

Webinar: Self-Guided Discovery: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment

March 28, 2018

Sign up now for a webinar on Self-Guided Discovery: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment.

LEAD On! Articles

LEAD Center’s Statewide Youth Employment Project in Oregon Highlighted at Federal Briefing

September 26, 2018

On August 8 and 9, 2018, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) hosted Employment First Federal Briefings on School-to-Work Transition, Provider Transformation, Interagency Coordination, and Mental Health practices that have been shown

New LEAD Center Self-Paced Trainings Now Available!

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center just launched self-paced trainings on popular topics, including Customized Employment, Guided Group Discovery, and Financial Literacy.

Oregon Update: Youth Guided Group Discovery

September 26, 2018

As fall begins and students are returning to school, LEAD Center has already met with the transition network facilitators at our Oregon Guided Group Discovery pilot sites.

LEAD Center Releases Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook

June 28, 2018

The LEAD Center is pleased to announce the release of the Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook.

Update: Oregon Guided Group Discovery Youth Pilot

June 28, 2018

In the previous LEAD On! newsletter, we told you about kicking off Oregon’s statewide Guided Group Discovery (GGD) Youth Pilot. The six pilot sites included a mix of rural and urban locations throughout Oregon.

Adding Self-Guided Discovery to Your Toolkit: An Additional Resource to Promote Employment Outcomes for People with Barriers to Employment

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) were excited to release the

Guided Group Discovery Youth Pilot Kicks Off in Oregon

March 28, 2018

On February 28, 2018, Oregon’s statewide Guided Group Discovery (GGD) Youth Pilot kicked off with a full-day Train-the-Trainer for 31 Transition Network Facilitators, Youth Transition Program staff, and teachers from across the state.

LEAD Center Releases Policy Briefs on Guided Group Discovery and ABLE Accounts and Employment

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center recently published two policy briefs: Improving Employment Outcomes with ABLE Accounts and

Tennessee American Job Center Hosts LEAD Center’s First Guided Group Discovery Veterans Pilot

December 19, 2017

On December 7th, LEAD Center staff launched a new Guided Group Discovery (GGD) pilot focused on veterans by providing a Facilitator Training at a comprehensive American Job Center (AJC) in Clarksville, Tenn.

Oregon Guided Group Discovery Project

September 27, 2017

Guided Group Discovery (GGD) curriculum materials, developed by the LEAD Center, offe

News

SAMHSA Posts Request for Applications for Supported Employment Program

March 17, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 for the Mental Health Transformation Grant Program: Transforming Lives throug

Blogs

Customized Employment Helped Me Get a Job I Love

September 28, 2018

In our newest blog, Brian Salewski shares how customized employment helped him land a job he loves in the Finance Department of Montgomery County Health and Human Services.

How to Minimize Job Search Blues and Maximize Job Search Excitement

May 30, 2017

As a way of commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month, the LEAD Center asked Dr. Debra Kissen to outline strategies people with psychiatric and other disabilities can use to maintain or improve their mental health while looking for work.

The Intersection of Customized Employment and Homelessness

October 28, 2016

For over 35 years, people have known about best practices and evidence-based approaches to support employment for people with intellectual disabilities.

Dads Who Are Breaking Stereotypes About Disability Employment

October 24, 2016

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a topic that is important to me on both a professional and personal level.

In The Know: Leave as an Accommodation

August 19, 2016

Did you know that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employee with a disability can request the use of accrued paid leave or the use of unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation?

In the Know: START-UP USA

May 7, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Group Discovery Training: Making Connections

June 25, 2014

The LEAD Center’s customized employment initiative in collaboration with American Job Centers (AJCs) aims to increase the use of the workforce system by people with disabilities and support their ultimate success in achieving employment. The...

In the Know: Self-Employment for People with Disabilities

June 5, 2014

This 2013 report highlights Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Recources and Training (START-UP) and makes recommendations to ensure entrepreneurs with disabilities can achieve their dream of owning their own business.

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Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Website

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has launched a newly updated website. It provides a more user-friendly layout with easier access to JAN's publications, toolkits, training modules, and other resources.

Guided Group Discovery Resources: Introduction and Course, Participant Workbook, and Facilitator Guide

LEAD Center | May 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook is now available! This user-friendly tool allows youth and adults to create a personalized Blueprint for Employment from their own browser.

Self-Guided Discovery Facilitator's Guide: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the LEAD Center are pleased to release this Facilitator’s Guide to Self-Guided Discovery.

Information Brief: Customized Employment and Guided Group Discovery

LEAD Center | January 2018 | Report/Brief

Guided Group Discovery (GGD) opens doors to employment for people who experience barriers to employment.

Customized Employment: Stories and Lessons from the Field

January 2018 | Tool/Manual

Customized Employment (CE) represents a nuanced departure from traditional competitive and comparative approaches to developing work. True CE is hard to come by actually.

The Essential Elements of Customized Employment for Universal Application

July 2017 | Tool/Manual

Customized employment (CE) refers to competitive integrated employment, for an individual with a significant disability, that is based on an individualized determination of the strengths, needs, and interests of the individual with a significant...

Guidance to Community Rehabilitation Program Executive Directors for the Coming Employment 1st Decade

LEAD Center | February 2017 | Report/Brief

As Employment First gains ground across the nation, shifts in organizational thinking and leadership are needed in order to not only comply with law, but to provide the best services to individuals with disabilities. Cary Griffin, CEO of Grffin-...

UPS Delivers the "Secret Sauce" for Disability Inclusion

LEAD Center | January 2017 | Report/Brief
LEAD Center

What does successful workplace inclusion for people with disabilities look like? An innovative program at Worldport, UPS’s main air sorting hub in Louisville, Kentucky, is game-changing, reframing disability inclusion not only as social...

Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment”

January 2017 | Tool/Manual
Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as...

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Achieving Best Practice in Employment Supports: Defining Measures of Effectiveness

April 2016 | Report/Brief
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This publication from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston) addresses a key challenge for states with Employ

Webinars

Customized Employment: Moving Beyond the Basics

July 30, 2014

Join us to continue to build your understanding of Customized Employment and your ability to provide this innovative employment practice to those you serve.

Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships

October 6, 2016

Join this webinar to gain information you can use about Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships.

Group Discovery: An Alternative Assessment Tool for Workforce Centers and Community-Based Providers

June 26, 2013

This webinar will provide information on Group Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities.

Promoting Employment - Discovering Your Potential: Using Discovery to Identify Your Employment Goals

July 31, 2013

This webinar will provide information on how to use Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities – to discover your personal employment goals.

Promoting Employment - Introduction to Customized Employment and Customized Self Employment

May 29, 2013

This webinar will provide information on two best practices – Customized Employment and Customized Self-Employment.

Promoting Leadership: Cross-Agency Approaches to Advance the Use of Customized Employment and Self–Employment Strategies

August 28, 2013

During this webinar, we will discuss reasons and strategies for aligning resources across systems to support the implementation of Discovery, Customized Employment, and Self-Employment.

WEBINAR: Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment

June 26, 2017

Don’t miss this webinar on Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment,, in which we will share materials you can use to implement Guided Group Discovery through cross-system partnerships.

Webinar: Self-Guided Discovery: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment

March 28, 2018

Sign up now for a webinar on Self-Guided Discovery: Helping People Discover Their Own Path to Employment.

LEAD On! Articles

LEAD Center’s Statewide Youth Employment Project in Oregon Highlighted at Federal Briefing

September 26, 2018

On August 8 and 9, 2018, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) hosted Employment First Federal Briefings on School-to-Work Transition, Provider Transformation, Interagency Coordination, and Mental Health practices that have been shown

New LEAD Center Self-Paced Trainings Now Available!

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center just launched self-paced trainings on popular topics, including Customized Employment, Guided Group Discovery, and Financial Literacy.

Oregon Update: Youth Guided Group Discovery

September 26, 2018

As fall begins and students are returning to school, LEAD Center has already met with the transition network facilitators at our Oregon Guided Group Discovery pilot sites.

LEAD Center Releases Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook

June 28, 2018

The LEAD Center is pleased to announce the release of the Guided Group Discovery Online Participant Workbook.

Update: Oregon Guided Group Discovery Youth Pilot

June 28, 2018

In the previous LEAD On! newsletter, we told you about kicking off Oregon’s statewide Guided Group Discovery (GGD) Youth Pilot. The six pilot sites included a mix of rural and urban locations throughout Oregon.

Adding Self-Guided Discovery to Your Toolkit: An Additional Resource to Promote Employment Outcomes for People with Barriers to Employment

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) were excited to release the

Guided Group Discovery Youth Pilot Kicks Off in Oregon

March 28, 2018

On February 28, 2018, Oregon’s statewide Guided Group Discovery (GGD) Youth Pilot kicked off with a full-day Train-the-Trainer for 31 Transition Network Facilitators, Youth Transition Program staff, and teachers from across the state.

LEAD Center Releases Policy Briefs on Guided Group Discovery and ABLE Accounts and Employment

March 28, 2018

LEAD Center recently published two policy briefs: Improving Employment Outcomes with ABLE Accounts and

Tennessee American Job Center Hosts LEAD Center’s First Guided Group Discovery Veterans Pilot

December 19, 2017

On December 7th, LEAD Center staff launched a new Guided Group Discovery (GGD) pilot focused on veterans by providing a Facilitator Training at a comprehensive American Job Center (AJC) in Clarksville, Tenn.

Oregon Guided Group Discovery Project

September 27, 2017

Guided Group Discovery (GGD) curriculum materials, developed by the LEAD Center, offe

News

SAMHSA Posts Request for Applications for Supported Employment Program

March 17, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 for the Mental Health Transformation Grant Program: Transforming Lives throug

Blogs

Customized Employment Helped Me Get a Job I Love

September 28, 2018

In our newest blog, Brian Salewski shares how customized employment helped him land a job he loves in the Finance Department of Montgomery County Health and Human Services.

How to Minimize Job Search Blues and Maximize Job Search Excitement

May 30, 2017

As a way of commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month, the LEAD Center asked Dr. Debra Kissen to outline strategies people with psychiatric and other disabilities can use to maintain or improve their mental health while looking for work.

The Intersection of Customized Employment and Homelessness

October 28, 2016

For over 35 years, people have known about best practices and evidence-based approaches to support employment for people with intellectual disabilities.

Dads Who Are Breaking Stereotypes About Disability Employment

October 24, 2016

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a topic that is important to me on both a professional and personal level.

In The Know: Leave as an Accommodation

August 19, 2016

Did you know that under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employee with a disability can request the use of accrued paid leave or the use of unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation?

In the Know: START-UP USA

May 7, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Group Discovery Training: Making Connections

June 25, 2014

The LEAD Center’s customized employment initiative in collaboration with American Job Centers (AJCs) aims to increase the use of the workforce system by people with disabilities and support their ultimate success in achieving employment. The...

In the Know: Self-Employment for People with Disabilities

June 5, 2014

This 2013 report highlights Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Recources and Training (START-UP) and makes recommendations to ensure entrepreneurs with disabilities can achieve their dream of owning their own business.