innovative workforce solutions that businesses can incorporate
Employees with disabilities bring unique
experiences and understanding that can transform a workplace and enhance
products and services. Discover how your business can create more efficient and
effective business processes, develop and implement management strategies to
attract and retain a qualified, talented and diverse workforce, and use
technology in new ways to increase productivity.
Customized Employment is designed to meet the specific
needs of a business by matching the employer’s needs with the strengths and
interests of the employee. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of
Disability Employment Policy offers extended resources on this
Employment strategies can address specific conditions within your business and
assist in retaining valuable staff, offering a targeted approach to matching
individualized skill sets with the organization’s needs.
successful customized employment
partnership in Montgomery County, MD resulted in a full-time, customized
file clerk position.
Search creates customized jobs for individuals with disabilities within the
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Customized training provides your business with training
opportunities for new and existing employees to acquire and develop essential
workplace and industry specific
Customized training programs can
provide your organization with training, certification, and other key
credentials to introduce and upgrade skills. This type of training is critical
to workforce retention and businesses’ continued
Customized Training Programs in
Check out several of the customized training programs in
Maryland that can assist your business. Inform the training entity you are
working with to specify your interest in recruiting, hiring, training and
retaining workers with disabilities.
- Maryland Department of Business and Economic
Partnership for Workforce Quality : Provides skill upgrade
training grants targeted at improving the competitive position of small and
mid-sized manufacturing and technology companies.
- Maryland Higher Education Commission: Several of the higher education institutions in Maryland provide
customized training programs to businesses. Connect with the institution in
your local area and ask for their Workforce Training
- Maryland State Department of Education, Division of
Rehabilitation Services Maryland Workforce Technology Center
Training Program : Customized Training involves a partnership
between an employer and the Workforce Technology Center where the
employer identifies specific employment openings and training is designed to fit
the needs of the employer. Contact 410-554-9127 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn
A Baltimore area business hires individuals through Maryland
Workforce Technology Warehouse Training Program.
Telework, also known as telecommuting,
“…is more than working from home; it is the practice of working remotely and
securely from any place, at any time.” (Telework
With the option to telework, far more individuals with
disabilities can provide the services needed to keep businesses working
efficiently and effectively from any place at any time, utilizing the most
technologically advanced devices.
The Maryland Department of Disabilities employs telework
to successfully staff the Employed Individuals with Disabilities Program. The
Director of the Program states, “telework has served our agency and employees
very well. We’ve been able to expand our workforce without increasing costs for
office space and equipment. With email, phone and electronic data reporting,
it’s been just as easy to train our staff and ensure quality work as if they
were in the office. Best of all, we’ve been able to hire experienced workers
who, because of their disabilities, would find it extremely difficult to work
outside their homes.” To learn more about how the Maryland Department of
Disabilities implements telework, contact 1-800-637-4113.
Telework Exchange provides case studies and success stories as
well as information and resources about telework and
employees with disabilities.
Quick Tips: Job Seekers & Employees with Disabilities
offers innovative strategies that can be easily implemented to help diversify
Resources to Innovate
- Maryland Customized Employment Partnership:
Montgomery Works (MCEP)
MCEP is a five-year national
demonstration model development project that provides incentive for planning and
implementing provisions for people with disabilities to obtain universal access
to workforce development services.
- Maryland Department of
Business and Economic Development (DBED)
for Workforce Quality DBED provides matching skill upgrade
training grants and support services targeted to improve the competitive
position of small and mid-sized manufacturing and technology
- Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services
Workforce Technology Center (Customized Training Program)
assists with partnerships between an employer and the Workforce Technology
Center where the employer identifies specific employment openings and training
is designed to fit the needs of the employer.
Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
MHEC is responsible for
establishing statewide policies for Maryland is public and private colleges and
universities and for-profit career schools. Several of the higher education
institutions in Maryland provide customized training programs to businesses.
Connect with the institution in your local area and ask for their Workforce
Project Search provides employment and
education opportunities to individuals with disabilities and is dedicated to
workforce development that benefits the individual, community, and
Mobilework Exchange demonstrates the tangible value of
telework with case studies and has specific
information and resources about telework and employment for individuals with
- U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability
Employment Policy (ODEP) ODEP provides national leadership on
disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of
evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building
collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on
employment of people with disabilities.