• Employment and Day Programs

    Seeking employment as a young adult with special needs can present some unique challenges, such as training and job matching based on an individual's abilities. The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's puts patients and families in touch with special resources designed to help conquer these challenges.

    • Abilities First, located in Middletown, Ohio has a comprehensive adult day program

      that provides opportunities that incorporate the person's strengths and needs into daily living activities through:

      • Community inclusion
      • Independent living skills
      • Social and vocational skills
    • Beau Vita West is a day program for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities that promotes living full, responsible, and productive lives. Individuals are inspired to initiate and act upon personal choices in a supportive setting, to build a unique schedule of activities, and to acquire skills that will be useful in their daily lives at home, at work, and in their communities. Program options include skills for daily living, self expression, recreation and leisure, community experiences, communication and socialization.
    • Center for Possibilities, located in Hobart, Indiana. provides programming for students age 22 and above with a developmental disability focusing on the development of self-care skills, daily living skills and academic advancement.
    • Constant Companions is a unique alternative to traditional work or day programs for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. The program focuses on the interaction between people with disabilities and animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and fish. These animals are used as teaching aids to encourage participants to nurture and learn about the animals in their care.
    • New Perceptions provides job placement and long-term training / coaching with community employers for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental retardation who reside in Northern Kentucky.
    • Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities supports day programs and employment options. Check the local County Board of Developmental Disabilities to find your local office. 
    • Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is a comprehensive employment and training center providing work training, job placement and follow-along services. Goodwill also offers transition planning assistance, vocational assessment, social / recreational alternatives to full-time work, personal care assistance, assistive technology and nursing support. 
    • Redwood, located in Northern Kentucky, provides vocational programs and life experiences to children and adults with disabilities.
    • REM Ohio offers vocational services and day programs for adults with disabilities in the Cincinnati area and throughout Ohio. They offer 14 day support programs including paid work sites and recreation and leisure activities.
    • RMS Autism Transition Center, located in Cincinnati, is a day habilitation program focused on developing independence while facilitating the transition from childhood to adulthood for young adults (age 18 and older) with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Individuals must be on a waiver. Call 513-522-2400 for more information.
    • Safe Haven Farms, located in West Chester, Ohio, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization offering residential, day and community services for individuals on the autism spectrum. It provides a variety of living, working, learning and leisure activities in a farm environment.
    • Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati has community and networking options for adults.
    • Stepping Stones in Cincinnati offers day programs for adults with disabilities (over age 21) at their Norwood, Given Road and Camp Allyn locations. At Stepping Stones, adults have year-round fun activities and enriching experiences.
    • True Alternatives, located in Hamilton and Madisonville, Ohio, provides vocational habilitation and adult day services. Call 513-344-1667 for more information.
    • Visionaries & Voices is a studio / gallery created specifically for artists with disabilities to grow both personally and professionally.
    • Abilities First, located in Middletown, Ohio provides community based assessments, vocational evaluation, job development, job coaching, job retention, and enclave. Helps youth through adults with disabilities find meaningful employment in the community.

    • Easter Seals Tristate Employment and Training assists individuals with disabilities with job placement, job coaching, employment options and job skills development.
    • Great Oaks is a career development center the covers the Greater Cincinnati area.
    • Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is a comprehensive employment and training center providing work training, job placement and follow-along services. Goodwill also offers transition planning assistance, vocational assessment, social / recreational alternatives to full-time work, personal care assistance, assistive technology and nursing support.
    • Project SEARCH at Cincinnati Children's.

    Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies help people who have physical or mental disabilities prepare for, find or keep employment. Services can include counseling and guidance to help the individual plan vocational goals, adjust to the working world, training to learn job skills in trade school, college, university, on the job or at home.

    • Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is the State of Ohio agency that partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment and independence. They are also charged with making determinations on Social Security disability.

      Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is a partner agency in the Employment First initiative. Every person has abilities, skills and talents to enrich the community and people around us. We envision a time when every working-age adult with developmental disabilities has opportunity to explore their career options and seek jobs that fit their skills and interests. Young people with developmental disabilities will learn about employment options and planning during their school years. Adults with developmental disabilities should have support teams that assist in learning more about how abilities and interests can match opportunities in with workplace. Every person should expect that community employment is the preferred outcome for working-age adults with developmental disabilities.

      Every agency, school, organization and individual within Ohio’s developmental disabilities system plays a role by focusing on what everyone can do and providing the best supports and services to enable people to choose and succeed in community employment. We’re transforming to a system culture that creates opportunities and pathways for integration, independence and full community participation. Read more about Ohio's Employment First Initiative.

      OOD does this through three areas:

    • Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services

    • Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc. publishes career magazines for women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.
    • Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. JAN provides employers,  people with disabilities and their family members with information on job accommodations.
    • Job Access enables people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment.
    • NISH is a national nonprofit agency that helps provide technical assistance to Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) interested in obtaining federal contracts under the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Program.
    • Think Beyond the Label provides ideas to businesses on how to make accommodations for employees with disabilities.