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Professional Development

DODD MyLearning

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities MyLearning platform offers a variety of online learning at no cost for providers, county board staff, and people with developmental disabilities. Register for free here

Several courses have been developed to support Employment First including:

Orientation to Supported Employment- This course introduces the competencies for effective Supported Employment including: history, legislation and funding, roles and rights, career planning, vocational assessment, marketing, job development, job analysis, and job coaching strategies.

Integrated Employment Services- This training introduces integrated employment services, through covering the topics of the Plan, Match, Support model, customized employment, the discovery process, social capital, the elements of job analysis, the role of a job coach, employer engagement, including establishing relationships, keys to successful communication, and best practices.

Getting to Work: Transportation and Coordination of Supports- This course describes how Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities work together to support the needs of people the agencies support. It also discusses how to find local resources for transportation needs.

Informed Choice and Community Employment- This course reviews how professionals can promote informed choice for transition-age youth and adults by guiding open discussion, sharing information about the benefits of community employment, facilitating experiences that help people understand their employment options, and coordinating employment resources that move a person along their path to community employment.

Employment First Resources- This resource page contains documents, links, and other materials around transformation and building innovative supports around employment, community engagement, and Career Discovery.