Creative Employment Options

Through the power of self-determination and with the support of Microboards and Cooperatives, individuals throughout Illinois are exploring creative employment options such as self-employment, micro-enterprise, and customized employment.  Creative options allow individuals to maximize their gifts and talents to realize dreams by contributing to their communities through paid work, volunteerism, and other regular community activities.

Office of Disability Employment Policy:  Customized Employment Resources


Through Customized Employment, the relationship between employee and employer is personalized in a way that meets the needs of both.  It's a universal strategy that benefits many people, including people with disabilities.  Reflecting this universal strategy, for many years, ODEP has worked to strengthen the capacity of the nation's workforce development system to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities through Customized Employment.  ODEP has evidence-based research data showing that Customized Employment leads to positive employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.


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Overview of Customized Employment

by Marc Gold

Customized Employment is a strategy that provides persons with life complexities, and indeed other applicants with significant barriers to employment, with an alternative to traditional, competitive jobs.


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Resources Related to Creative Employment Options

Click here to find a wealth of articles by Michael Callahan of Marc Gold & Associates related to creative employment options.


Click here to view Griffin-Hammis Associates Customized Employment Podcasts.


Click here for Griffin-Hammis Associates' Customized Employment webpage.


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