Griffin-Hammis Associates

Leading the Way for Over 20 Years!

Innovating Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Welcome to Griffin-Hammis Associates

Griffin-Hammis Associates (GHA) is an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of customized employment services for people with disabilities.

For more than 20 years GHA has charted a course of innovation. Our associates convened the first national conference on self-employment and disability (1996); authored many seminal books on customized employment and self-employment; published influential articles on government work incentives, and led efforts to create national accreditation standards for providers.

Throughout this time, our award-winning organization has consulted to government and nonprofit agencies serving more than 200 urban and rural communities throughout the United States and Canada.

The heart of our work is GHA’s unique process of Discovering Personal Genius.  Discovery is premised on the idea that tests alone – or even the observations of long-time helping professionals – cannot always be the best predictors of the skills, interests, and motivations of the individual.  Rather, GHA begins its inquiry by meeting people where they feel most comfortable, which leads to the discovery of new skills and interests as well as supportive relationships that are crucial to helping that person transition to employment.

Discovery culminates with the development of a vocational profile and the identification of vocational themes that become the foundation for connecting the individual with unique community employers. GHA provides comprehensive training, coaching, and support on Discovery, customized job development, on-site work support, and discusses tools for long-term career development.

As part of our ongoing commitment to excellence, GHA has collaborated on developing an evidenced-based fidelity scales that ensures services are delivered in accordance with independently verified best practices.

An Award-Winning Organization

  • Bob Niemiec, MN APSE Lifetime Achievement Award, 2020
  • Griffin-Hammis Associates, National Best Practices Award. National APSE, 2010
  • Ashlea Lantz, Dr. SueAnn Morrow Award. Iowa APSE, 2018
  • Ashlea Lantz, Rebecca McDonald Award. National APSE, 2015
  • Beth Keeton, David Hammis Award. National APSE, 2017
  • Bob Niemiec, Partnership Award. Minnesota Community Involvement Programs, 2013
  • Bob Niemiec, Torch Award. National APSE, 2010
  • Corey Smith, David Hammis Award, National APSE, 2013

Partnering with GHA

If you require further assistance or would like to discuss implementing a Customized Employment Solution in your organization, please contact GHA by phone at (470) 223-3936 or by email at Thank you.

"Thank you so much for the awesome training. You provide a 'real-life' aspect that has made this a training that is far above others!"

Patti Hanson
Regional Workforce Development Director

"This is by far one of the best trainings I've ever been to!  Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with all of us."

Melody Young
Employment & Training Counselor