NEW Grant Opportunity

Innovative Business Strategies for Adult Day, Employment, and Transportation Services.

DODD is seeking proposals from eligible applicants to work with a selected Subject Matter Expert (SME) who will provide an assessment and a plan to expand innovative business strategies that adjust and align current business practices. The overall objective of this RFP is to support DODD-certified providers as they transform their organizational structures and fiscal strategies from facility based to community-based service delivery models.

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WIOA Section 511 Employment First Taskforce Joint Guidance

Employment First Taskforce Joint Guidance (PDF)

WIOA Section 511 Easy Read (PDF)

Section 511 of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) applies to youth 24 years old or younger and is intended to ensure youth with disabilities have every opportunity to pursue competitive, integrated employment.

Section 511 outlines a series of steps to be completed prior to payment of subminimum wage. This provision of the Act became effective on July 22, 2016.

It is understandable that these changes have prompted many questions about how this new process will be completed and documented. The Employment First Taskforce agencies, including Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, understand their systems play a role in providing supports and services that empower youth to choose and succeed in competitive, integrated employment. The Taskforce agencies jointly developed policy guidance to ensure compliance with Section 511, in alignment with Ohio’s Employment First Policy.

This guidance will reflect Ohio’s priorities, including:

  • The expectation that youth with disabilities should have opportunities to pursue competitive, integrated employment, and employment must be considered in every person-centered plan;
  • Person-centered planning is key to effective services and supports and should ensure a balance of what is important to and for a person, and
  • Services should take place in the most integrated setting, and be appropriate to the individual’s identified goals and outcomes

Event Calendar

Mar21

Technology + Community Life: A round-table discussion about Assistive Technology, Technology First and Employment First

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Cincinnati, OH

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Apr18

Job Coaching Basic Training

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Cincinnati, OH

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May16

Implementing Quality Employment First Practices

9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Columbus, OH

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Aug29

Implementing Quality Employment First Practices

9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Columbus, OH

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