Ohio Employment First Resources

Ohio Employment First Transition Framework

The Ohio Employment First Transition Framework is a results-oriented transition process that was developed with a team of statewide stakeholders to provide a common approach for transition planning and service delivery across all systems that serve transition-age youth.

The result of this teamwork is a Transition Framework built on foundational elements that are person-centered, agency neutral, and outcome focused. While the Employment First Transition Framework is not a procedure, form or a service, it is a process that includes tools which have been developed to facilitate planning and service delivery for effective Transition Planning.

The Ohio Employment First Transition Framework page offers the following tools to aid in student transition.

 

Backward Planning Tools

Backwards Planning is just want the name implies: focus first on the adult outcomes for the youth’s future, then ‘plan back’ from there to the present in order to define a logical sequence of actions providing the youth with the instruction and experiences to achieve the outcomes.

An Introductory video of the Backwards Planning Tools and Backward Planning Tools (zip) are available from Ohio Employment First. Note: Backwards Planning Tools are in a compressed file that must be downloaded and unarchived. Zip files can be extracted with a free, open source software program like PeaZip.

 

Agency Table

This color-coded handout outlines the various “outside agencies” that may be involved in helping provide students with Transition Services, as well as detailing who is eligible for each agency’s resources, possible services they can provide, and places to fill-in contact information for the specific students/teams involved. The Agency Table (PDF) is available for download from Ohio Employment First. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

 

Vocabulary Crosswalk

The Vocabulary Crosswalk is a reference tool that can be consulted to clarify confusing vocabulary that may prove to be a barrier among parents, teachers, and/or multi-agency teams.

The Vocabulary Crosswalk (PDF) is available for download from Ohio Employment First. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

 

Transition Assessment Planning Guide

This guide will assist multi-agency teams to plan together the assessment activities that result in meaningful, individualized, and important data. By working collaboratively within a multi-agency team, transition assessment can be co-planned to eliminate duplication of assessment efforts and ensure each agency gets the assessment information they require.

An introductory video of Transition Assessment Team Planning Guide and the Transition Assessment Planning Guide (PDF) are available for download from Ohio Employment First. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

 

Path from School to Employment Folder

This handout, which is also available to order in folder form at no cost, displays an Age 12 to Age 24 timeline that can serve, at minimum, as a very practical “conversation starter” with families and youth regarding the expectations, questions, services and decisions that need to be considered during the years of transition planning.

An introductory video of Employment First Transition Framework Resource Tools the Pathway from School to Employment (PDF) are available for download from Ohio Employment First. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. An order form for the Free Handout is also available.

 

Community Investment in Transition Youth with Disabilities Tool

This self-assessment/checklist may be used to guide/inform schools/agencies in their readiness and capacity to serve the transition needs of youth in community employment by identifying potential areas for improvement and supporting the development of a plan for improvement as necessary.

The Investment Tool (PDF) and Investment Tool Guidance Document (PDF) are available for download from Ohio Employment First. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

 

Profiles of Ohio’s Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Profiles of Ohio’s Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (PDF) is available for download at Ohio Employment First. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

 

Making Your Way through College

Making My Way through College is a guide for any student pursuing a degree or other type of credential at a two-year or four-year community college, college, or university. The guide offers information on a variety of topics relevant to preparing for and succeeding in college and transitioning from college into the world of work. Much of the information provided is relevant to all students, but the primary focus of the guide is on navigating the college experience for students with disabilities or those who think they may have a disability. Making Your Way through College was written by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) and available in the Individual Level Resources on the Ohio Employment First website. These resources also include other helpful planning guides.

 

Evidence Based Practices & Predictors for Transition Youth

Evidence Based Practices and Predictors are research-based strategies that focus on transition youth. These Practices and Predictors provide guidance to develop and improve youth skills for community employment and participation. The Practice and Predictors are useful to transition professionals across systems and in multiple environments.


This page was updated July 6, 2017