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Customized Employment Strategies for Persons with Disabilities Presented by Dr. Tammy Jorgensen-Smith at National Conference

Dr. Tammy Jorgensen-Smith presented customized employment strategies for vocational rehabilitation customers who have significant disabilities at the 2014 National Association for People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) Conference.  

She reported on the process by which the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) built the capacity of the VR system to effectively serve individuals with significant disabilities.  The addition of Discovery, a component of the customized employment process, was an alternative to traditional vocational evaluation.

Through the project, a course was developed to certify community-based providers to provide Discovery as a billable service for VR consumers who have not been successful in obtaining competitive, integrated employment using traditional methods. Session participants had the opportunity to begin planning to create similar change in their states and communities through two interactive activities: a facilitated brainstorming session and action planning using a provided template with assistance from the presenters. 

For more about Dr. Jorgensen-Smith's research, see her Departmental webpage or contact her at tjsmith@bcs.usf.edu.

 The only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities, the Association for People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE)  focuses on employment in the general workforce as the first and preferred outcome in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.