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The Importance of Connections in Customized Employment

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In November, Melissa Holt shared her experiences finding a job through customized employment. In this guest blog post, Kaori Kelly, the employment specialist Melissa worked with, shares her thoughts.

When It Comes to Employment, Perseverance Pays Off

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Guest blog post by Melissa Holt

I had been working at TJ Maxx for twelve years hanging clothes, but I was not happy there because it didn’t challenge me. In November 2011, I left and got a new job at Salvation Army. I worked at Salvation Army for three years, and I wasn’t happy there either because it didn’t challenge me. At Salvation Army, I was running racks with clothes.

Developing Vision for Inclusive Employment

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Post by Rebecca Longa, Supported Employment Coordinator with Keystone Human Services Intellectual Disabilities Services

Vision is one of the guiding forces in what we do in customized employment. Vision is necessary to see a future and plan how to get there. It means seeing creative and innovative employment processes and options for individuals with disabilities when typical processes and options would prevent an individual from finding employment.

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