On April 1, the DODD Strategic Planning Leadership Group hosted a forum titled, "Creating Work Opportunities, Learning from Change," attended by more than 200 people. Speakers from Vermont, Rhode Island, and Oklahoma were on-hand to discuss their experiences and answer questions on subjects currently being explored by the Strategic Planning Leadership Group. Slides from the presentations can be downloaded here.

The Governor's Budget Supports Employment First

The Governor's Budget Supports Employment First

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Ohio's Path to Employment First

"Ohio's Path to Employment First", summarizes the activities that have been implemented since Governor Kasich signed the Employment First Executive Order in March 2012. Long-range planning has taken place with broad stakeholder input, and future activities have been planned to support the ongoing paradigm shift in our culture to one that truly recognizes and embraces the contributions and capabilities of people with developmental disabilities.


OOD-DODD Partnership for Employment First

Click here for more information about the Partnership, including information about dual certification, statewide referral allocations and contact information. You will also find information about Ohio’s Orientation to Supported Employment Web Course and upcoming in-person trainings.


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Needs Assessment Tool

Community planning teams - download this planning tool to help assess needs various community employment collaboration areas.


Event Calendar

Customized Employment Certificate Series

April 3, 2014 - June 27, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST
Mansfield, OH


The Ohio Disability Employment Initiative, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, is offering a Customized Employment Training Series that will result in a Customized Employment certificate from the Association of Certified Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) for those who qualify by attending all trainings and passing a test.


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Quick Launch - The Two Day Business Plan

April 29, 2014 - April 30, 2014
8:00 am - 10:00 am EST
Parma, OH


What is Customized Self-Employment and how do you begin thinking about a small business? Participants in this workshop will understand business feasibility and begin learning about the steps to microenterprise development. During this seminar participants work together crafting the major elements of a business plan. Each business plan section will be introduced and explained, and templates will be provided to assist the teams in crafting their plan.


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Webinar: Facilitating Natural Supports and On-Going Support

April 30, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Columbus, OH


This webinar introduces the important skills required of employment support professionals: how to develop natural supports, how to consult with supervisors and co-workers, job site fading, data collection, career advancement, and off-the-job supports. Proactive employment supports are more effective than reacting to job site problems and is a necessary feature of on-going support. This session also explores the facilitation of new work skills and behaviors and the facilitation of natural work and social supports so crucial to successful emancipation.


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Quick Launch: The Two-Day Business Plan

May 27, 2014 - May 28, 2014
8:00 am - 3:30 pm EST
Toledo, OH


What is Customized Self-Employment and how do you begin thinking about a small business? Participants in this workshop will understand business feasibility and begin learning about the steps to microenterprise development. During this seminar participants work together crafting the major elements of a business plan. Each business plan section will be introduced and explained, and templates will be provided to assist the teams in crafting their plan.


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Webinar: Small Business Development

May 28, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Columbus, OH


Small business ideas begin with information from Discovery and community employment exploration, linked with the information from the benefits analysis especially regarding the availability of potential Social Security Plans to Achieve Self Support funding. Using the vocational profile and the Ideal Conditions of Employment, business ideas can be generated that match the individual consumer's interests, skills, and talents. Such business ideas can lead to failed businesses if feasibility testing is not completed and necessary critical supports are not planned for. This webinar describes the development of a Business Development Team (BDT) for a job seeker that helps in designing and completing preliminary methods of testing business ideas and support planning.


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