Great news!

According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the labor force participation rate for working-age people with disabilities is now at 37.7 percent. This number is fully 2 percentage points higher than it was before the pandemic started, meaning that more than a million people with disabilities got jobs or started a business! For more information, view the RespectAbility press release, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Labor Force Participation Rate for People with Disabilities is Two Percent Higher Than Before The Pandemic.

Establishing Families as Partners in the Secondary Transition Planning Process

The Ohio Employment First Taskforce and its member agencies are developing a cross-agency professional learning experience designed for local professionals working to prepare, involve, and empower families of students with disabilities as they transition from secondary education to adulthood.

To help you get started before the training in spring 2022, we want to share It Starts With Families, a guide designed to support local professionals serving individuals and their families to become familiar with the research around family engagement and understanding their unique needs.

To learn more about the professional learning opportunity, contact

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.

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F.E.A.R. Factor (Season 2 Part 3): SSDI - Confronting Fears About Losing Benefits Due to Employment Opportunities

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