Request For Proposals
Intermediate Care Facility Employment Pilots

This is a Request for Proposals announcement (RFP) issued by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD)- Employment First Initiative.

The overall objective of this RFP is that DODD- certified Intermediate Care Facility providers support transformation of the organizational structures and service delivery models from facility-based to community-based service delivery models with a focus on community-based employment and adult day services for individuals with complex needs. The outcome will include, during the grant agreement period, the expectation that a targeted number of adults with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) with complex needs obtain individual community employment and receive wrap around, integrated community day services.

Pre-Proposal Webinar - Wednesday September 2, 2015 1:00p, Register Here


Applications now being accepted: The Ohio Employer Engagement Institute

In our continuing efforts to enhance employment and community integration outcomes for individuals with disabilities below you will find links to an application and questionnaire to participate in the Ohio Employer Engagement Institute: Advanced Marketing Strategies training program.

Participating agencies will develop the following outcomes within the first year of the project:

  • A comprehensive understanding of its marketing strengths and needs as they relate to supported employment.
  • A consistent employer engagement brand and message.
  • A communication document that will include service benefits to employers who hire individuals with disabilities.
  • A functioning business advisory committee. (That includes other providers in the area?)
  • An employer engagement database tool to track business contacts and their results

To apply, please submit the application and questionnaire by September 18, 2015 to be consider for this exciting capacity building opportunity.

Click HERE for the application
Click HERE for the questionnaire


Announcing: An Intensive Professional Development Experience

Multi-Agency Planning (MAP) To Employment: Skills to Facilitate Transition Youth Planning Teams October 2015 - June 2016

Professionals working with transition-age youth with disabilities know that the process can be confusing and frustrating for all involved. As transition professionals we are experts in our own systems, but often do not know enough about other systems to make effective connections. The consequence? Time and resources are expended duplicating efforts across systems and youth experience gaps in services and supports. Cross- training to improve transition practices provides a unique opportunity to change outcomes.

The MAP to Employment professional development series occurs over several months and is for professionals in a variety of systems working with transition youth. See this document for more information and the link to the application.

Questions? Contact Sue Beck at sue_beck@ocali.org


NEW RESOURCE: A How-To-Guide to Community Employment for Job Seekers and Families

The Job Seekers Guide released on July 1, 2015. This is a web based resource that can be accessed on the Employment First website. It allows for individuals with disabilities and their families to learn about a variety of topics related to community employment including: how to find a job, how to be a self-advocate, information about discovery, and explanations of different employment services and supports. Please click HERE to learn more.

Event Calendar

Sep9

Marketing and Employer Engagement- Dayton

9:00 am - 4:15 pm EST
West Carrollton, OH

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Sep10

Mentoring Individuals with disabilities' disABILITY Job Fair

11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST
Columbus, OH

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Sep10

Disability Benefits 101-Chillicothe, morning

9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Chilicothe, OH

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Sep10

Disability Benefits 101-Chillicothe, afternoon

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Chilicothe, OH

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Sep10

Job Support and Training- Dayton

9:00 am - 4:15 pm EST
West Carrollton, OH

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