Customized Employment: Changing what it means to be qualified in the workforce for transition-aged youth and young adults.

  • Rogers C
  • Lavin D
  • Tran T
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Current school-to-career transition practices are not leading to sufficient levels of competitive employment and post-secondary education outcomes for youth and young adults with significant disabilities despite progressive mandates and policy improvements in federal and state secondary and post-secondary education, vocational rehabilitation, and workforce development services. To address this concern, a coalition in a Twin Cities suburban area established an "interagency community of practice" to explore systems change opportunities and to improve school-to-career outcomes. The Anoka County Transition & Customized Employment (TCE) Project was designed to inject an "employment-first" philosophy into transition practices by introducing a range of customized employment strategies. After a five-year project demonstration period, TCE had enrolled 475 young people with various disabilities from seven autonomous school districts. An independent evaluation of TCE's performance revealed that 62% of all enrolled students had individualized job placements in the workforce at competitive wages. In addition, competitive employment wage outcomes were attained by 72% of all enrolled "out-of-school" participants including high school graduates, youth completing their Individualized Education Program (IEP) academic objectives, and secondary education dropouts. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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  • Customized employment
  • EDUCATION & state
  • EDUCATION -- Evaluation
  • HIGH school graduates
  • HIGH schools -- Alumni & alumnae
  • LABOR supply
  • PEOPLE with disabilities -- Employment
  • VOCATIONAL rehabilitation
  • WAGES -- High school graduates
  • collaboration
  • students with disabilities
  • transition
  • youth with disabilities

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  • ISSN: 10522263
  • PUI: 352161787
  • ISBN: 1052-2263
  • PMID: 352161787
  • SGR: 49549105078
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-49549105078


  • Christopher Rogers

  • Don Lavin

  • Tri Tran

  • Tony Gantenbein

  • Michael Sharpe

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