Customized Employment

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JVS Chicago offers employment assistance to individuals with disabilities and their families through our customized employment program.

Jewish Child & Family Services, in partnership with JVS Chicago, was recently awarded the Employment First Grant. This new grant will assist individuals with intellectual/development disabilities secure and maintain competitive integrated employment within their community.

JVS Chicago is still enrolling qualified candidates!

For more information about the Customized Employment Program and Employment First, call 855.463.6587

Workplace Accommodations & Customized Employment

“Customizing employment is more inclusive. It provides adults with disabilities options beyond day programs and sheltered workshops—settings that are often not engaging and which do not meet their individual needs,” said Jodi Newmark, Director of Encompass, a Jewish Child & Family Services program that creates partnerships with existing providers to help adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) lead more satisfying lives through friendships, events, activities and employment.

Customized employment is a way to match the strengths, conditions and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Three ways that jobs can be customized are task reassignment, job carving and job sharing. A task might be assigned to another employee if a new hire with a disability is unable to perform it; a job description might be changed, or “carved,” to suit the individual abilities of an employee with a disability, or a job might be split into parts shared by two or more employees.

A JVS Chicago Solution

Over its more than 120-year history, JVS Chicago has developed special expertise in finding employment for people with disabilities. The agency helps job seekers with disabilities identify their interests and abilities, map out a career path and learn job search techniques, then follows up with on-the-job coaching, helping employers to create accommodations and support. Recently, the agency went further in a groundbreaking move. Combining efforts with Jewish Child & Family Services and one of its programs, Encompass, JVS Chicago collaborated to create a Customized Employment service for adults with I/DD.

Staff trained in a special blend of flexible strategies, services and supports designed to increase employment options for job seekers with severe challenges who need a more individualized approach.

Our unique services include

  • Comprehensive needs assessment and customized discovery process
  • Individualized plans to maximize job satisfaction and retention
  • Documentation assistance, job coaching and progress checks
  • Connections to residential options, social and recreational programming and other supportive services

Contact us

To learn more about JVS Chicago’s Customized Employment program call 855.463.6587.

To learn more about Encompass, call 312.467.3923.

For information about services for people with disabilities, call the Disability Helpline at Jewish Child & Family Services at 773.467.3838.

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