Community Employment Resource Map
Knox County’s Policy #2500 follows the basic principles of the Employment First Initiative and requires providers to encourage exploration in the community through various types of integration. This policy, in conjunction with person-centered planning, sets an expectation that community opportunities are aligned with the interests of the individuals served.
Knox County partners with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities through Bridges to Transition, and the Employment First Partnership. Additionally, Knox is collaborating with Coshocton and Tuscarawas Counties as part of the Local Leaders project. The team has identified high priority areas and is working to implement action steps to address these needs. Part of the action plan is to build stronger relationships with local school districts in order to better assist students with the transition from school to work. Additionally, the team is working with Ashland University to develop a graduate course for teachers on best practices in transition. Knox County will also network in the community to enhance awareness for potential employers and future partnerships.
Knox County has been a strong foundation for entrepreneurial endeavors. One individual began painting while receiving facility-based services. With the support of his SSA, he has grown this hobby into a microenterprise and sells his work online.
Another entrepreneur is Cupcake the Clown. She is hired to entertain event-goers at many community festivals and fairs.
One of the largest influences in Knox County regarding community employment has been their Bridges to Transition program, which provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable job skills so they are better prepared for community employment after leaving school.
Knox County also has strong relationships with the families they serve and they have been able to maintain open communication and collaboration with them as they strengthen community-based opportunities. Building awareness and understanding is a cornerstone for the development of community employment