State Laws and Regulations
Employment First Founding Statute
According to state law in Ohio, employment services for people with developmental disabilities shall be directed at community employment and all people with developmental disabilities are presumed capable of community employment.
In order to make community employment the expected and preferred outcome for people with developmental disabilities, Ohio Employment First requires systems to align policies, procedures, eligibility, enrollment, and planning for services across state agencies.
Other requirements include identification of best practices, partnerships, funding sources, opportunities for shared services among County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and other providers is required along with expanding model programs.
Expectations will be set for students with DD, ages 14 and up, transitioning from school settings to jobs in their communities to make sure they have access to community employment opportunities that utilize their skills and abilities.