The Customized Employment Project is a collaborative effort between the Nevada Rehabilitation Division at the Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (DETR), Sierra Regional Center (SRC) at Developmental Services, and the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED). The project is designed to help Nevadans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to secure employment in community-based (integrated) settings where they are earning at least minimum wages.“Customized Employment” is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized match between the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Customized Employment utilizes an individualized approach to employment planning and job development — one person at a time . . . one employer at a time (U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, 2012)

The project is unique because Job Developers spend time with the job seeker and their team to identify their skills, passions, and interests, as well as supports they may need in a work setting. The Job Developer captures these skills and interests via photographs and video, and compiles them into a Portfolio. The Portfolio is then presented to a potential employer with information showing the contributions they can make to the business.