Ohio Employment First Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Ohio is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Employment First in 2022. In the past 10 years, provider agencies, schools, families, businesses, and people with developmental disabilities across Ohio have all worked together to shift expectations, and to ensure they have access to the supports needed to have a job in the community. Help us celebrate this milestone in March and throughout 2022. For more information on Employment First 10 Year Anniversary.

2022 Capabilities Grant Opportunities

The 2022 Capabilities Community Fund Grant opportunity is for individuals with disabilities across Ohio, ages 14+ years, to help achieve their community employment goals. The grants can be used for, but not limited to, accessing transportation, interview clothing, tools needed for work, professional services to help someone find employment, assistive technology, etc. 19 Services is now accepting applications for the CCF grant. More info and the application are here: https://19services.com/capabilities-grant.

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 ItStartsWithFamilies@dodd.ohio.gov.

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. The deadline to enter data has been extended to June 30, 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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TechSummit 2022

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Westerville, OH

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