Apply Now for Project: Transformation 2.0

Ohio was recently selected as a core state for the Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. Through this partnership, Ohio will receive expert technical assistance to support eight agencies (both public and private) in transforming their facility-based services to community-based employment and day supports.

Submission of applications by E-mail only. E-mail applications should be submitted to, with Project Transformation 2.0 in the Subject Line, and are due by 5 p.m. on January 28th, 2015

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Ohio's Path to Employment First

"Ohio's Path to Employment First", summarizes the activities that have been implemented since Governor Kasich signed the Employment First Executive Order in March 2012. Long-range planning has taken place with broad stakeholder input, and future activities have been planned to support the ongoing paradigm shift in our culture to one that truly recognizes and embraces the contributions and capabilities of people with developmental disabilities.

OOD-DODD Partnership for Employment First

Click here for more information about the Partnership, including information about dual certification, statewide referral allocations and contact information. You will also find information about Ohio’s Orientation to Supported Employment Web Course and upcoming in-person trainings.

Local Leaders
Needs Assessment Tool

Community planning teams - download this planning tool to help assess needs various community employment collaboration areas.

Event Calendar


ACRE Web-Based Certificate Training in Community Employment, With a Concentration in Customized Employment- On-line Course

8:00 am - 10:00 pm EST
Columbus, OH

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Employing People with Disabilities: A Business Perspective- On-line Course

8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

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Employment First Project STIR Training for Job Seekers and Families

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Nelsonville, OH

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Transition Age Youth Fair, Build a Better Future!

11:00 am - 8:00 pm EST
New Philadelphia, OH

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VR 101: Employment Services- Job Coaching- Webinar

10:00 am - 11:00 am EST
n/a, OH

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