Employment Resources

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Ohio Employment First


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 Navigation Tool

Youth, families, and transition teams will explore a variety of partner agencies to determine which agencies can offer support, services, and resources to assist the youth along the path to employment. This exploration can be overwhelming. To assist the navigation of these agencies, the Agency Navigation Tool, a multi-agency overview, can assist team members with a place to start and a way to organize the information.


Vocabulary Crosswalk

Transition teams consistently identify poor communication as a barrier to collaboration and successful transition planning among multi-agency teams. Agency words and terms can lead to misunderstanding, limit discussions, and prevent collaboration. The Vocabulary Crosswalk is a reference tool that can be consulted to clarify confusing vocabulary.


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 are available online.


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 and the Pathway from School to Employment are available online.


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 and Investment Tool Guidance Document are available online.


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

Ohio’s Postsecondary programs deliver inclusive college experiences for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) that include internships, college classes, housing and social experiences that result in improved access to gainful employment.

Profiles of Ohio's Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are available on the Ohio Employment First.


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.


OhioMeansJobs & K-12


OhioMeansJobs & OhioMeansJobs K-12

Ohio Means Jobs is an online job matching system that brings together employers and job seekers. Ohio Means Jobs centers assist job seekers, employers, and youth with job search assistance, employee recruitment, job training, and more.

Ohio Means Jobs K-12 is Ohio's no-cost, career planning system that offers comprehensive, career exploration tools, online training and resources specifically for students, teachers and school counselors. Ohio Means Jobs allows students to learn more about their career interests and in-demand jobs, build resumes, search for college and training programs, create a budget based on future expenses, and develop meaningful academic and career plans for high school and beyond.

The Ohio Means Jobs site has a regional search feature that enables the user to find in-demand occupations, job posting trends, and resources for learning about career planning and job searching.Through this comprehensive online system, students can register, create resumes, search jobs, plan, find funding, and explore college and career options. Students can locate job fairs and workshops, search occupations, find Ohio-based employment programs and scholarships, and practice interviewing for a job.


Other Employment Resources


A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education & Employment for Students & Youth with Disabilities

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities is a guide designed to assist students and youth with disabilities to achieve their post-school and career goals. This transition guide will help ensure that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st Century workforce.

This transition guide addresses transition planning opportunities and programs, services and requirements, education and employment options for students and youth with disabilities after leaving secondary school, and supporting decisions made by students and youth with disabilities.

This guide also includes real life examples, a sample flow chart of the transition process, and a glossary of key terms used in the transition process.

As students and youth with disabilities prepare to transition to adult life, we must do everything we can to provide them with the information, services, and supports they need to ensure that they have the opportunity to achieve their goals. We hope this transition guide will also help students and youth with disabilities and their families to better understand how the SEA, the LEA, and the VR agency work together to facilitate improved outcomes for students and youth with disabilities.


Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit

The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition or NTACT developed the Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit as a resource for use by educational and vocational rehabilitation agencies to improve post school employment outcomes for students with disabilities. The toolkit was developed to facilitate the collaboration necessary to implement secondary transition services across agencies at the state, community and student levels and increase the use of evidence based practices.

The CIE Toolkit has been developed as a framework to assist State and local teams in collaboratively implementing transition services to improve post school employment outcomes for students with disabilities. The Toolkit is dynamic in nature will continue to grow as further resources and tools are developed. Additionally, there are numerous live links to resources on NTACT’s website and other internet resources within the toolkit. The toolkit will function best when viewers create a login to access all of the available resources.


New Job Portal: OOD Works

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities or OOD launched a new job portal, OODWorks.com. The site allows potential consumers to learn about OOD’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and complete an online application. This provides a more streamlined process in their pursuit of employment. Individuals interested in VR services are encouraged to visit the portal where they can watch an orientation video about the employment process, take a brief self-assessment and apply online.


Success in the New Economy

Citrus College supported the production of “Success in the New Economy” to help a broader audience begin to understand preparation today for tomorrow’s labor market realities and how four-year college/university programs do not automatically equate to higher-paying employment or “better jobs.” The end result is a compelling case for students to explore career choices early, make informed decisions when declaring their college education goal, and to consider technical skill acquisition, real-world application and academics (career technical programs) in tandem with a classic education. This balanced approach to life and learning results in a well-educated and employed workforce.

The Success in the New Economy video is available on YouTube. Closed Captioning is available.


Employment Planning Guide for Families of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

An Employment Planning Guide for Families of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities is a 48-page book that discusses the benefits of work for students and young adults with disabilities. It may prove to be a useful resource for a personal or professional reference when discussing the advantages work presents to students with disabilities. The discussions are centered around Massachusetts, but most have universal applications to all students, regardless of location or disability. The book is available in several formats and as a web-based publication, from School Days to Pay Days: An Employment Planning Guide for Families of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities online.

This book was developed by Work Without Limits, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CDFA No. 93.768), and Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.


Q & A on Customized Employment for People with Physical Disabilities

Q & A on Customized Employment for People with Physical Disabilities fact sheets address the questions and answers to consider when evaluating employment possibilities and discussions with employers about customized employment for people with physical disabilities. This source was created by the Virginia Commonwealth University, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC).


Employment Resources by Name


The following is a list of employment resource links by name. External Links are indicated following the resource name. PDF files below can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

Ohio Employment First Resource Links by Name


Resource Links by Name

The following are external links to specific Ohio Means Jobs and Ohio Means Jobs K-12 resources. For a description of each, visit the Employment Resources Menu.


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This page was updated October 14, 2019