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. […]

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 […]

Statewide Employment Conference a Collaborative Effort

Just ahead of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM, October), a statewide employment conference at Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio, WORKING Together was hosted on September 15 and 16, and was organized by the Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, and Warren County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, and the University of Cincinnati/ University Center for Excellence in […]

New Information About Accessibility, Employment

Having just celebrated the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (See Pipeline, July 23, 2014: Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrated Around the Nation), it is important to note additional progress in March of this year, when new regulations became effective to provide people with disabilities improved opportunities for meaningful employment. This update to Section […]