Thursday, July 14, 2011

Griffin Hammis LLC

Interesting company in Montana, Griffin-Hammis Associates.  that works with customized employment for people with disabilities. As defined by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP):  “Customized employment means individualizing the employment relationship between employees and employers in ways that meet the needs of both. It is based on an individualized determination of the strengths, needs, and interests of the person with a disability, and is also designed to meet the specific needs of the employer.

Customized employment involves:

  • Identifying specific job duties or employer expectations that are negotiated with employers;
  • Targeting individualized job goals to negotiate based on the needs, strengths, and interests of the employment seeker;
  • Meeting the unique needs of the employment seeker and the discrete, emerging needs of the employer;
  • Starting with the individual as the source of information for exploring potential employment options;
  • Offering representation, as needed, for employment seekers to assist in negotiating with employers;
  • Occurring in integrated, non-congregate environments in the community or in a business alongside people who do not have disabilities;
  • Resulting in pay at at least the prevailing wage (no sub-minimum wages);
  • Creating employment through self-employment and business ownership;
  • Facilitating an amalgam of supports and funding sources that may include Workforce Investment (One-Stops/Career Centers), Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Medicaid, Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs), Schools, Social Security (SSA), families, and other partners coordinated in ways to meet the needs of the individual

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