Maryland Customized Employment Project


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Training/Capacity Building

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Administration recently announced a partnership with five providers of vocational services throughout the state to implement a two-year initiative aimed at addressing employment barriers for job seekers with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Customized Employment Project, funded through Kessler Foundation of New Jersey, represents a collaboration among state agencies, service providers, and the business community. The goal of the project is to increase the training of support staff in proven methods of customized employment strategies which lead to long term, competitive community work.

Kessler Foundation awarded a two-year, $282,000 grant to Supported Employment Enterprise Corporation (SEEC) to launch the “Maryland Customized Employment Project”—an initiative to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities through holistic, collaborative partnerships with jobseekers and their families, state agencies and employers. The grant is part of $2.3 million distributed by Kessler Foundation to organizations across the U.S. to support initiatives that create and expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Kessler Foundation of New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Administration