Community Employment Resource Map
Fairfield County has positions in multiple industries for individuals with developmental disabilities, including retail, food service, manufacturing/fabricating, warehouse, distribution, small business, entrepreneurial, and healthcare. The Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Fairfield DD) is committed to their Community First policy which was adopted in April 2013. They have a strong leadership team that is dedicated to developing best practices, a cornerstone of their community employment success.
Fairfield DD has an active transition collaborative with all school districts. Any student that exits public school without a waiver receives local funding for employment services. All students transitioning from school or individuals new to Fairfield County participate in a person-centered discovery process. The Fairfield DD employment services program is called Job Fusion. Job Fusion partners with Project Search and has sites at the Fairfield Medical Center, the DSW-Distribution Center in collaboration with Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Discover U at River Valley Mall in Lancaster. Fairfield DD maintains CARF accreditation in all program areas. Job Fusion provides an array of employment services for individuals through waivers, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities funding and local budgets.
Fairfield DD supports two social service purpose enterprises. One is Art and Clay on Main, a ceramic art gallery business, and Square 7, a coffee house. These serve as training sites for individuals preparing to enter the community workforce.
Transportation for individuals served to and from day services or community employment is provided by a collaborative between Fairfield DD and the local transit authority. Fairfield DD is a pilot for “imagine”, a person-centered planning project; and they have created a community connections coordinator position to help with wrap around services, to connect individuals to the community while they are not working.
Fairfield DD values community partnerships and realizes that success is based on these partnerships. Primary partners include: Fairfield Medical Center, Ohio University- Lancaster Campus, River Valley Mall, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Ohio Means Jobs, local school districts, the Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce, and the Southern Ohio Center for Independent Living (SOCIL). Fairfield DD has affiliate agreements with private providers to serve individuals with a focus on community employment and engagement.