Community Employment Resource Map
As part of a unique collaboration Perry, Hocking, and Fairfield counties have developed Employment Connection, which is a joint service with the expressed purpose of providing supported employment. This partnership was created between Perry and Hocking County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (Perry DD and Hocking DD) as a way to enhance employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities, and has grown to include another county and is integrated, supporting both individuals with and without disabilities. Many of the positions in these counties are individual specific and include a broad range of opportunities.
Perry and Hocking Counties also have Bridges to Transitions programs that increase their communication and collaboration with local school districts, services provided by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and relationships with local employers. Another partnership for both counties has been the local Jobs and Family Services office, which assists with several resources regarding community employment including transportation. The county commissioners have also been proponents of employment both by hiring individuals with disabilities and by continuing to fund a variety of programs.
One individual was able to successfully follow a path to employment. She completed an internship at Walmart and then was hired by the company for a permanent position. While at work she has established friendships, relationships with co-workers, is now living independently, and has become an advocate. Prior to employment she had been withdrawn and shy, but with her increased confidence from success in her job, she now speaks to young people about employment opportunities and shares her story.
By building awareness, the attitudes of Perry and Hocking communities have been favorable and supportive for individuals with disabilities. The board of developmental disabilities in both counties have developed relationships in the community and have been encouraged by the response of employers and other partners that have come together to provide integrated employment for the individuals they serve.