Event Calendar


2018 PersonnelPlus Employer/Employee Gala

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Athens, OH

This is our bi-annual celebration and also our 35th Anniversary this year! Since 1983, PersonnelPlus Employment Services has proven to be a leader in providing quality staffing services for area employers. PersonnelPlus found its place in the employment and staffing market by connecting the skills and abilities of workers with disabilities with the needs of Athens County Businesses. This is the night we recognize all of our partnerships and employees. Join us on October 24, 2018 at the Ohio University Baker Center Ballroom, Athens, Ohio. Social hour begins at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m.

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Intelligent Lives

7:00 am - 9:00 am EST
Maumee, OH

Maumee, OH (September 4, 2018) - Venture Bound, a program under the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism, will be celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October with a complimentary screening of the film, Intelligent Lives. The screening will take place on October 24, 2018, at the Maumee Indoor Theatre. Doors will open at 6:00 pm, and the movie will begin at 7:00 pm. You can reserve tickets for this local movie premier here, http://www.venturebound.org/film/ This event is made possible through the generous support of the Northwest Ohio Human Resource Association and The Creative Block. Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities—Micah, Naieer, and Naomie—who challenge public perceptions about intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of the central characters through the emotional personal story of his son, Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the United States.

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An In Depth Look at Career Planning Services

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

Please join us for a training on the HCBS Career Planning Service and the Employment First Partnership. We will discuss the the purpose and intended outcome of career planning services and set forth provider qualifications, requirements for service delivery, documentation, and payment standards for service. We will then take a deeper dive into the nine different components of Career Planning including an in depth look at Career Discovery. The training will also give an overview of the Employment First Partnership including the details of the partnership, the success of the partnership, and how to become a partner. There will be time left for questions or comments on either topic at the end of the presentation.

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Supporting Employment + Community Life Engagement Using Trauma Responsive Approaches

10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Fairfield, OH

Ohio Means Jobs 4631 Dixie Highway Fairfield, OH 45014

Register:   https://reg.planetreg.com/E10110473710287

This training, facilitated by Colleen Mercuri, MSW, LISW-S, is specifically designed for providers supporting individuals in day and pre-vocational programs, and through employment services, with a focus on community integration. This 2-hour introduction emphasizes trauma responsive approaches relating to supporting authentic community connections.


1. Participants will enhance their knowledge of the affect that trauma and/or toxic stress has on the individuals they support.

2. Participants will be able to identify behavioral issues linked to trauma and/or toxic stress.

3. Participants will be able to identify techniques designed to build resiliency in those they support.

Colleen Mercuri-Johnson, MSW, LISW-S works as a counselor for Butler Co. Board of Developmental Disabilities. She holds a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Child Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. She provides consultation to teams supporting individuals with complex trauma histories and is a co-lead for the Southwest Regional Trauma Informed Care Collaborative, an initiative through Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

CEUs available.

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Career Discovery Best Practice Round Table

10:00 am - 11:30 am EST
Fairfield, OH

A webinar about all aspects of Career Discovery, an HCBS Waiver Service under Career Planning that debuted in 2017.

Please register at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8032631024377804289 

A panel of real-world practitioners (SSAs, providers, and an OOD Vocational Counselor) will discuss Career Discovery best practices, from the beginning of the process through the Career Profile, and the eventual development of great outcomes. Round Table panelists include reps from Ohio Valley Goodwill, Buckner Employment Services and Training (BEST), Monco, Butler County DD, Hamilton County DDS, Montgomery County DDS, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD).

This is the first “Best Practice RoundTable” the Southwest Ohio Provider Transformation Support Network is organizing. We will be doing other round tables concerning provider transformation and best practices, “deep-diving” into the way supports are defined, planned, and provided to create more community-based outcomes.

CEUs available.

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