Customized Employment individualizes the relationship between job seekers and
employers in ways that meet the needs of both. Each job seeker’s unique strengths, needs,
and interests are thoroughly discovered so they can be fully utilized to the benefit of both
employee and employer. This consumer driven model of job-development can be a very
successful alternative for clients with complexities versus the traditional, labor-market driven approach.
In 2002, the U.S. Department of Labor. awarded Alaska a five-year Customized Employment Grant. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) was assigned to lead the project in conjunction with all of our workforce partners. The goal: to build the capacity of statewide One-Stop Job Centers to more effectively serve people with severe disabilities through a customized employment approach.