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Employment First in Ohio

Employment First is shifting expectations for a cultural transformation.

Every person has unique abilities, skills, and talents to enrich the community and those around us. The vision of Employment First is for every Ohioan with a developmental disability to have the opportunity to explore various career options and pursue jobs that align with their distinct interests and skills.

Each agency, school, organization, and individual plays a role by focusing on what Ohioan’s with disabilities can do and providing the necessary supports to succeed in community employment. We’re transforming into a culture that creates opportunities and pathways for integration and full community participation.

Community employment brings many benefits: greater independence, wealth building potential, improved self-esteem, personal satisfaction, and so much more. Employers and co-workers benefit through more diversity and a broader range of capable employees available. Everyone benefits when all citizens participate in and contribute to their communities.

Join us in advancing the principles of Employment First in Ohio. Let’s work together to create a more inclusive and supportive society where everyone can thrive in the workplace and beyond.