Initiative Increases Community Employment Options
In March of 2012, Governor John Kasich announced Ohio's Employment First Initiative, which included legislation and an Executive Order to improve collaboration among the Departments of Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, Education, Job and Family Services, and the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disability Agency in an effort to increase meaningful community employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
The founding statute for Ohio’s Employment First policy has since been approved and placed in Ohio Revised Code, which states that employment services for people with developmental disabilities shall be directed at community employment and that all people are presumed capable of community employment.
The initiative requires all county boards of developmental disabilities to implement a county-wide policy that sets measurable benchmarks for success and strategies to implement services and supports to comply with the state's Employment First policy.
The goal of this initiative is to enable individuals with developmental disabilities to be active participants in the
community by obtaining community employment where they can grow relationships and earn greater incomes, greater independence and an increases quality of life.
Workshop Consolidation Moved to a Later Date
After listening to community input and speaking with families directly, the CCBDD has moved the final consolidation of the EDI-South Workshop to EDI-Central to a later date. During this time, clients will be transitioned to EDI-Central, with the facility being closed at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Communication is vital to the success of this consolidation, and we are dedicated to utilizing this extra time to continue communicating with our families and clients. Soon, we will be announcing the specifics of the Client-Centered Transition Program, which will include tours of the facility, personal meetings with the impacted families and more. Thank you all for your continued support!