Ohio Employment First Encourages Ohioans to Participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Ohioans are encouraged to participate. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.
For specific ideas about how Ohioans can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit www.dol.gov/NDEAM. Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities — every day of every month. “In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the theme Ohio’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion, reflects the importance of ensuring that Ohioans with disabilities have full access to employment during our economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Inclusive work environments help businesses tap an underutilized talent pool and help us ensure that we leave no one behind.” Read a proclamation from Governor DeWine.
The Blueprint for Adult Day and Employment Services Work Group
The Blueprint for Adult Day and Employment Services Work Group convened from January 2020 to May 2021 with the purpose of improving adult day support services, transportation services, and strengthening competitive, integrated employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities throughout Ohio. The workgroup finalized its Blueprint proposal on May 20, 2021. An overview of what to expect can be viewed here. Details about implementation and timelines can be found in the official Blueprint Proposal. The next step is to implement their recommendations. DODD is developing implementation teams to begin putting their work into action.
Outcome Tracking System
The Outcome Tracking System (OTS) will be available to those Adult Day and Employment providers, ICFs, DCs, and County Boards beginning October 1, 2021. OTS Users will enter data for those whom they provided services to in September 2021. Users will have six months to enter data, 10/1/2021 – 3/31/2022. DODD has developed some resources and tools to assist Users throughout the Reporting Period: User Guide, screencasts, recorded webinar, security access guide, and OTS definitions. You may also contact your Regional Community Life Engagement Project Manager for any questions you may have.
If you have been out of work or financially impacted by the COVID–19 pandemic, you are not alone.
The pandemic has disrupted the personal finances of many Americans. As a result, large numbers of people — including those with disabilities — are making employment–related decisions based on their new financial situation. You may be one of them.
We all need clear and accurate information to secure our financial well-being. This toolkit provides a path forward, based on where you are in your employment journey. Just click on any of the topic areas below — Preparing for a Job, Starting a Job, Maintaining a Job, Changing or Losing a Job, and Retiring from a Job — for answers to important questions, including tools and resources to help you meet your financial goals.
For more information, please visit the Secure your Financial Future - Toolkit for Individuals with Disabilities.