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Customized Employment

TotalLink participant at work.
TotalLink participant at work.
TotalLink participant at work.
TotalLink participant at work.
TotalLink participant at work.

We have successfully placed more than 160 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in competitively paid positions in inclusive work settings. We’ve also assisted in the creation of self-employment and micro-enterprises for two clients with complex support needs who are not able to work in a typical inclusive workplace setting.


TotalLink has over a 90% placement success rate for people with complex support needs. More importantly, our first jobseekers have retained the same job for more than six years. We strongly believe that giving individuals an opportunity to work provides a critical foundation for building a meaningful life. 

Customized Employment is a "best practice" strategy recognized across the country by experts in the field of employment for people with complex needs. We start with a comprehensive “real-life” assessment aimed at identifying your skills, interests, levels of support, and ideal work conditions to promote independence and sustainability. Self-employment and micro-enterprise are also creative options for job seekers and families. Our employment specialists help you determine the best options. 









View our Customized Employment Brochure

CLICK HERE to find out more about our partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services. 

To learn more about the customized employment process, please contact

TotalLink at or (224) 412-4718.

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An Employment Success Story

Click here to view more of our employment success stories. 

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