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As the year 2016 continues to march on, reviewing the available Community Employment trainings and resources for professionals and the like is vital.  Being in the know regarding certifications available, engaging with employers, and updated national Employment First data is key for supporting adults with Developmental Disabilities. I am very pleased to see the amount of resources available for those in the DD field to be able to pull from and collaborate with. Below is a synopsis of a few upcoming trainings, in person and online, as well as newly released resources for the professionals toolkit.

Community Training

OACB Community Employment Training Program

The Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB) just released the upcoming training program for county board professionals. The training program will focus on how to assist individuals find and retain meaningful employment in the community.

The goal of this new program, called the Employment Navigation Project (ENP), is to train service and support administrators how to use community resources, work with local businesses, and access funding for supported community employment without affecting the benefits of people served by county boards of DD.

The program training model will include webinars, on-site training, and technical assistance. The trainings will be led by Employment Navigation Technical Assistance Liaisons (ENTALs) who will be contracted with the local county boards of DD. This training program is a collaboration effort between Employment First and OACB. Training sessions are set to start summer 2016. Visit the OACB website for further information.

Interactive Employer Toolkit

Ohio employers now have a new Interactive Toolkit available to make it easier for recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities. The toolkit was a collaborative effort by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

Employers can download the toolkit to learn about the following topics and more:

  • Best practices from Ohio’s top employers;
  • Tax incentives for hiring workers with disabilities;
  • Free sources of consultation and assistance;
  • Making reasonable workplace accommodations;
  • Offering more flexible work arrangements;
  • Interacting with people with disabilities;
  • Recruiting and accommodating veterans with disabilities;
  • Using job coaches to help workers with disabilities;
  • Managing disability leave;
  • Accommodating service animals in the workplace.

LEAD Center Updated Employment First Website

Take a moment to review the newly updated Employment First website through the LEAD Center. It features National Data, State Profiles and Comparisons. It’s extremely user friendly and is helpful for those who enjoy data with visual ques.

In Conclusion

Staying up to date and in tune with the most current information available regarding community employment is key to moving Ohio forward. I will continue to provide updates as they come available!

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