The Sandusky County Board of DD partners with provider agencies to support individuals with job training, job development, and securing meaningful employment in the community.
The Ohio Employment First Initiative founding statute states, according to state law in Ohio, employment services for people with developmental disabilities shall be directed at community employment and all people with developmental disabilities are presumed capable of community employment. The Sandusky County Board of DD is committed to investing resources toward developing more community employment opportunities rather than the development of more traditional facility-based services. We partner with a variety of businesses, vocational service providers, and educational institutions to provide initial and ongoing support, from finding a job to keeping it.
Looking for a job?
These links will help you learn about how you can apply for a job and can show you listings of job opportunities. All links open in a new tab.
- Employment First Ohio
- Ohio Means Jobs – Job listings website
- Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)
Why hiring individuals with disabilities good for business?
President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, opening the doors for inclusion and employment for millions of people with disabilities. But a culture of stigma and misunderstanding has pervaded, especially when it comes to employment.
In the last decade, however, there has been a significant increase in activism concerning fair representation and opportunity for people with disabilities in the workforce. The working world is changing for the better as a result – and not just in terms of inclusion.
A 2018 study by Accenture in partnership with the American Association of People with Disabilities and Disability reports that businesses that actively seek to employ people with disabilities outperform businesses that do not. Their revenues were 28% higher, net income was two times more, and profit margins were higher by 30%. Additionally, the Department of Labor found that employers who embraced disability saw a 90% increase in employee retention.
Other advantages of hiring individuals with disabilities:
- insights into how to serve customers with disabilities
- greater diversity at the work site so that a wide variety of perspectives are utilized when solving problems
- high productivity
- higher retention rate for workers
- benefit to public, media, and community relations
Sandusky County area employers are widely supportive of employing individuals with disabilities. Just some of the local businesses committed to the inclusive workplace include:
- Holiday Inn
- Marco’s – Clyde
- Clyde Garden’s Place
- Quality Inn
- Evergreen Plastics
- Bob Evans
- Buffalo Wild Wings
If you or a loved one needs assistance navigating a path to employment or just exploring available options, please contact Sandusky County Board of DD Community Connections Coordinator Tami Hrebic for more information. To get started today, visit the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities website.