Celebrating Abilities: National Disability Employment Awareness Month Begins Tomorrow

October is National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.” 2015 marks 70 years since the first observance of NDEAM. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy […]

Background Checks Made Easier with ARCS

County Boards and providers are required to conduct pre- and post-hiring registry checks of employees, which includes checking six different registries. The Automated Registry Check System (ARCS) makes this process easier by checking all required registries at once, rather than searching six different websites. ARCS checks the following registries: Excluded Parties List System (U.S. General […]

Employment First Spotlight – Darke County

Since March 2012, when Governor John Kasich signed the Employment First initiative into law, the culture of Ohio’s developmental disabilities community has shifted significantly toward community-based, integrated employment – and not only in large metropolitan areas. DODD is pleased to spotlight success, and we thank the Darke County Board of DD for sharing this story. […]

Employment First, Leadership Update

The DODD Employment First team reports an update on leadership for the initiative, as Kristen Helling, Employment First lead for the State of Ohio, has accepted a new leadership role with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) as Assistant Deputy Director for the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation. In this role, Helling will continue to work […]

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Teamwork Helps Nathan Fulfill Dream Leigh Spohler (left), Support Services Coordinator at the Madison County Board of DD (Matco), and Nathan Rouse, Customer Service Associate at the Georgesville Square Lowe’s, Columbus, pause for a snapshot in the Garden Center. Nathan came to Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) from a workshop at Matco to begin […]

Helling Named a State Ambassador for Employment First

Kristen Helling, DODD lead person for the Ohio Employment First initiative, has been named an Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program State Ambassador by the national Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). She observed, “I am excited to be named an Employment First State Ambassador by ODEP. I believe the State Ambassadors Network is uniquely […]

Employment First – Three Years of Success

On March 19, 2012, the Employment First initiative was signed. Tomorrow, Ohio will recognize the three-year anniversary of the signing of Governor John Kasich’s Employment First Executive Order, supporting the shift within Ohio’s developmental disabilities community to a workplace culture that recognizes and embraces the contributions and abilities of people with developmental disabilities. Since the […]

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Supported Employment Success Story, Mahoning County Rickie Salus started at No Limits Day Center, part of Turning Point Residential Inc., with the goal of gaining community employment … … He began working at T.J. Maxx with a group supported by Turning Point’s Employment Services and learned the fundamentals of the retail business, working with other […]