In 2012, Gov. John Kasich launched Employment First, an initiative to create greater opportunities for working-age people with developmental disabilities. Through an executive order, Kasich charged the Employment First Task Force with reviewing policies and programs, and making recommendations to increase employment opportunities in Ohio. These strategies focused on empowering people with developmental disabilities to tap their strengths and talents in order to increase their economic independence, have a sense of accomplishment, and create their own social identity.
Ohio provided adult support to more than 30,000 working-age people with developmental disabilities in 2012. “Employers and co-workers benefit through more diversity and a broader range of capable employees available, while society at large benefits when all citizens are able to participate in and contribute to their communities in all the ways they can,” said program organizers.
Photo Source: Sandusky Register, Erie County Board of DD