Employment Navigation

Community employment should be the first option for all working age adults and transition-age youth with developmental disabilities.

Employment First is a philosophy of service that presumes that all Ohioans with significant disabilities can and should have opportunities to work in the community.

Meaningful work has significant benefits for all working age adults, including people with developmental disabilities. People with developmental disabilities have the right to make informed decisions about where they work, and to have opportunities to obtain community jobs that result in greater earnings, better benefits, improved health and enhanced quality of life. In addition, meaningful employment offers individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to bolster self-esteem, expand their network of natural supports, make friends, and demonstrate their professional abilities in a public setting. These benefits all contribute to the diversity of our workforce and enrichment of our community.

The Allen County Board of DD is committed to helping individuals explore community employment options, services and supports via a process called Employment Navigation. SSAs are continuing to learn more about this process as we remain committed to Ohio’s Employment First Initiative.