Employment

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Capabilities connects the dots between the person and their future. We started in 1997 by Bill and Karen Blumhorst, a former special education teacher. Today, Capabilities and a staff of over 160 employees proudly serve people in over three-fourths of Ohio. Capabilities is sought after for its comprehensive services, focus on supported community employment, flexible personalized service, optimistic corporate culture, and one-on-one customer service. The services we provide are broken down into six categories, as follows:

 

Community Employment:
Our Community Employment services connect the dots between people and their career choices. This can include analyzing working pay in relation to existing benefits, getting ready for employment, helping people find job opportunities, figuring out transportation to the job, helping them learn their job, and/or assisting them in keeping their job. Examples of these services include benefits education and analysis, work incentives planning, job development, job coaching, on-the-job supports, job-seeking skills training, and individual employment supports.

 

Professional Training:

Our Professional Training services connect the dots between people and education resources to work with people with differing abilities. Capabilities offers professional training and programs to people who are looking to serve people with disabilities. Capabilities representatives give accredited presentations to individuals and companies who can benefit from learning more about working with people with disabilities. Examples of these services include First Aid/CPR/AED training, consultation to move providers towards community based services, and consultation in best practices in community employment.

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OOD helps students with disabilities successfully transition from school to work. Transition teams work together to develop activities and experiences designed to provide students with necessary skills and knowledge to reach their post-secondary goals. OOD's goal for successful transition includes planning for, finding and keeping a job prior to exit from high school.

 

After employment, vocational rehabilitation counselors conduct follow-up activities to make sure employment is sustainable. In order to apply for transition services through vocational rehabilitation one must complete the Standard Print Application for VR Services, Large Print Application for VR services or Espanol Application for VR services. The eligibility process can be speed up by attaching one of more of the most recently signed school records (IEP, ETR), county board records (C/OEDI, ISP, C/FED), other medical records or evaluations (psychological evaluation, clinical audiogram), or award letter from Social Security to an email to ood.SEMedicalfax@ood.gov. Documents can also be faxed to 614-985-7918.

 

While OOD can take an application any time, coordination of transition services is most effective when applications are received as early as possible in the school year. Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) are intended to help students with disabilities, as early as age 14, who could benefit from an early start in exploring career interests. The three services include:

Job Exploration Counseling; Work-Based Learning and Workplace Readiness Training.
 

Pre-ETS are available for students who have an open Vocational Rehabilitation case or who are potentially eligible for services.
 

1.) OPEN VR CASE: A student with a disability wants to apply for vocational rehabilitation services and receive help with transition from school to work. Pre-Employment services can be part of their Individual Plan for Employment (IPE).

 

2). POTENTIALLY ELIGIBLE: A student with a disability is only interested in Pre-Employment Services and does not want to open a vocational rehabilitation case. A school staff member must complete and send the Request for Pre-ETS Form along with documentation of the student's disability to OOD by faxing 614-985-8435 or by email to ood.preemploymentrequestfax@ood.ohio.gov.

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Proudly serving Scioto County, STAR, Inc. is a non-profit organization that offers several services and programs that are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. 

Objectives

  • Improve Decision Making

  • Build New Relationships

  • Build Confidence

  • Discover New Things

Our mission is to be a provider of choice that enhances the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities by providing services and support that maximize independence, promote community involvement, and provide vocational opportunities to help those individuals achieve the life they desire. 

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VOCATIONAL JOB DEVELOPMENT AND PLACEMENT
We provide Job Placement to disabled and disadvantaged individuals in our community. Goodwill of Southern Ohio, Inc. offers job placement services, as well as helping individuals determine the type of jobs that they desire. Goodwill of Southern Ohio, Inc.’s purpose is to bring independence to individuals with disabilities and disadvantages through employment within our community. Our Vocational  Rehabilitation staff is dedicated to placing each individual in a job that is most suited to their needs. Also, 30day, 60day, and 90day Retention at the beginning of employment to ensure that there is no need for extra supports.  Vocational Rehabilitation staff want to make the JOB Placement as successful as possible.

JOB SEEKING SKILLS TRAINING
Job Seeking Skills Training is a comprehensive, one-on-one service that works with people to develop the essential skills they need to prepare them for a competitive job search and a job. Consumers should receive the tools necessary for their job search.

JOB COACHING/WORK ADJUSTMENT
Job Coaching consist of one-on-one instruction to help consumers learn job task and to adjust to the work environment.  Work Adjustment is a training program in either a community or facility based setting to assist the consumer in acquiring or improving work skills, work behavior, work tolerance, interpersonal skills, and work ethics.

C.B.A. INFORMATION: (COMMUNITY BASED ASSESSMENT)
A Community Based Assessment is an opportunity for the consumer to sample a particular job of interest. This program enables the consumer, the Vocational Rehab. Staff and the referring counselor to assess whether or not the consumer is capable of performing the task, if the goal is a realistic one and whether training should continue with that particular occupational goal in mind. The assessment allows the consumer to learn all elements and tasks necessary to perform the job and to decide if it remains a vocational interest.

WHO REFERS CLIENTS TO GOODWILL INDUSTRIES EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Goodwill accepts referrals from various state, federal, and local government agencies.

WHO PAYS HOURLY WAGES AND LIABILITY FOR COMMUNITY BASE ASSESSMENT/WORK ADJUSTMENT
When a consumer is involved in a Vocational Rehabilitation Program or Employment Program with Goodwill Industries, the consumer is paid an hourly wage for a set number of hours (determined by the referring agency) and is under Goodwill’s policies and procedures.

REASON TO PARTICIPATE IN GOODWILL INDUSTRIES EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS
By being a participating company you provide individuals with self esteem, motivation and "independence through the power of work” !

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The Salvation Army annually helps nearly 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. 

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Adult Career Tech Programming Consultative training for businesses Adult Diploma Program for students ages 22+ Programs include:

A Man Welding

CNC Machinist (600 hours) Robotics Technology (600 hours)

Information Technology Professional (900 hours)

Dental Assisting (900 hours) Medical Assisting (900 hours)

Pharmacy Technician (600 hours)

Practical Nursing (1350 hours)

Surgical Technology (1200 hours)

Southern Ohio Police Academy (747 hours)

Industrial/Constructional Electricity (1200 hours)

Industrial Maintenance (1200 hours)

Power Line Mechanic (900 hours)

Welding (600 hours)

Nurse Aide (76 hours)

Phlebotomy (176 hours)

Volunteer Firefighter (36 hours)

Firefighter 1 Transitions (124 hours)

Firefighter 1 (160 hours)

Firefighter 2 Transitions (84 hours)

Fire Safety Inspector (80 hours)

Fire (Public Safety)

Instructor (80 hours)

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