Community Employment Resource Map
Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Portage DD) has enhanced several aspects of supported employment for the individuals they serve. They hired a Community Employment Manager in March 2013 and recently adopted a local Employment First policy. Portage DD utilizes person-centered planning and is developing a job club to help individuals gain necessary skills and get experience in the community. Portage DD also collaborates with local school districts, local Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities office, and the Chamber of Commerce to support community employment.
There are a variety of employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities in Portage County, including: retail, small business, food service, and clerical. One individual had been working in the facility-based setting for over seven years and was not thought to want to transition to another placement. Through the emphasis on community employment by Portage DD, he has since started working with the Employment First counselor and began the path to employment. He is currently exploring his options and making informed decisions about his future work place.
Support from the leadership team at Portage DD and the openness of the community has been very influential on the community employment success.
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