Employment First

This policy is established in accordance with Ohio Executive Order 2012-05K which states in part: `Community employment shall be the priority and the preferred outcome for working-age Ohioans with disabilities.`

The Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities (ACBDD) believes that meaningful work has significant and important benefits to all working age individuals, including persons with developmental disabilities. Employment clearly benefits individuals in terms of income and economic independence. In addition, given that employment is one of the primary vehicles for community participation in our society; increased employment has also led to greater opportunities for community integration and inclusion. This not only benefits individuals in terms of building relationships, friendships, and creating a sense of self-worth; but it has also benefited society in terms of creating greater understanding of the wide range of capabilities of individuals with developmental disabilities as co-workers, fellow community members, and peers.

The ACBDD further believes that all persons, including persons with developmental disabilities, have the right to the opportunity for competitive employment.

In order to achieve meaningful and competitive employment, it shall be the policy of the ACBDD that employment opportunities in fully-integrated work settings shall be the first and priority option explored in the service planning for working age persons with developmental disabilities enrolled in ACBDD programs.

Adopted 04/30/2013