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Ohio’s Vision:

Working-age adults are working and thriving in their careers.

Employment First is a philosophy that presumes that all Ohioans, including people with significant disabilities, can and should have opportunities to work in the community. We value diversity and want to make our workforce and community stronger by including and valuing all people.

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Thank you to all who participated in the 2022 Outcome Tracking System (OTS). The field was able to enter data on 79% of the people they support in Adult Day and Employment supports. OTS will open for the 2023 reporting period on October 1, 2023 for those Adult Day and Employment providers, ICFs, DCs, and county boards. OTS Users will enter data for those whom they provided services to in the month of September 2023. Users have six months to enter data, 10/1/2023 – 3/31/2024.

If you are new to OTS or would like a refresher training, please join us for an upcoming virtual training! Training information and additional resources can be found here.

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We're excited to introduce our fresh new look. We've re-organized, updated, and enhanced our content to better serve you. We value your feedback, so please explore the site and let us know how we can further enhance your experience to provide you with the best resources and support related to Employment First in Ohio.

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Observed each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices that benefit employers and employees. ODEP has chosen "Advancing Access and Equity" as its theme for NDEAM 2023.

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Ohio is at its best when everyone is empowered to experience all our great state has to offer. Accessible Ohio encourages us to prioritize accessibility from the start, promote inclusiveness, and ensure everyone can experience Ohio equitably.

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Upcoming Events

Jul 19 to Nov 16

New Event!

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Disability Inclusion Webinars for the Workplace

10:00 am - 11:00 am EST

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Nov 20

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The Journey: A Suite of Resources

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

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