Community Employment Resource Map
Union County boasts a diverse range of employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities, including manufacturing, industrial, retail, technology, administrative, customer service, auditing, entrepreneurial, and many more. Many policies and practices exist in Union County to support community employment. For example, extensive transition programs prepare individuals ages 14-25 to transition from school to community employment. Some of these initiatives include extensive youth summer experiences and after school internships.
The Union County Board of DD supports community employment by assisting with transportation. Individual vocational profiles are created by employment services staff as a part of WorkNet, the county board community employment program. These profiles are a helpful tool to identify interests, strengths, and potential limitations by utilizing a person-centered approach. Union County partners with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities through the Bridges to Transition program and Employment First. They also receive a distribution of job opportunities from Ohio Means Jobs that are disbursed to providers to assist with placements. By utilizing the person-centered approach, Union County has placed individuals in employment where they have long tenures. In fact, almost 20 individuals that have been employed in community-based positions for over 5 years.
There is a “Can-Do” culture in Union county, and the belief that all people can and will work in the community is widely accepted. They have continually increased the number of individuals served in community employment over the years and hope to continue the trend. Starting with their transition programs, they are able to get to know individuals and find them careers that meet their individualized interests and goals.