School-Age and Post-Secondary

Customized and Customizing Employment

Since 2014, the CT DD Network has been the driving force behind bringing Customized Employment to Connecticut. Customized Employment is an alternative to traditional strategies for obtaining and maintaining employment for people with IDD who have not been or are not likely to be, successful using these traditional strategies. In addition to numerous trainings and collaboration with multiples state agencies provided by the UCEDD, Customized Employment now is an official initiative of the CT Departments of Developmental Services and Education and the state Bureau of Rehabilitation Services. Most recently, the UCEDD produced a toolkit for families about how to take the lead in customizing employment for their family members with disabilities. These activities were funded by the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities.