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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.
that provides opportunities that incorporate the person's strengths and needs into daily living activities through:
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.
Academy of Technology Advancement at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati focuses on teens and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities and facilitates their transition from high school to career development and inclusive adulthood. The curriculum is individualized and customized to each student’s ability and is based on the Ohio Department of Education’s Academic Content Standards K-12 Technology and Certiport’s IC 3 ®Training and Certification Program. The program culminates in IC3® Certification, the Internet and Core Certification program. IC3® is a global certification program and worldwide industry standard that accurately validates skills and competency in computer and Internet literacy. For more information, call 513-831-4660.
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:
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