Effective Practices

Customized Employment

Customized Employment is an individualized, targeted approach that is usually used with a specific population of people with disabilities, including those with minimal employment experience and who likely require ongoing supports to obtain and maintain employment.

Project SEARCH

The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations.

Start on Success

Start on Success (SOS) is a school-to-work internship program started in 1995 by the National Organization on Disability. Students with disabilities on track for a standard or advanced studies high school diploma participate in SOS during their senior year of high school. The goals of this employer-based, highly structured program are to build stronger relationships between schools and the business community, to increase the career potential of students with high incidence disabilities, and to prepare students for employment after high school. Virginia is piloting this program in three school divisions:Norfolk, City of Richmond, and Danville.