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personal fulfillment of individuals with developmental disabilities through community, business, & family partnerships. We provide this through vocational training
& employment opportunities.

Employment First

Employment First in Ohio

Ohio Puts Employment First for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Weaver Industries - Employment FirstThe Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) Director John Martin joined Ohio Governor John Kasich and several other state agency directors on March 19, 2012 to announce Ohio’s Employment First initiative. The announcement event was hosted by Ohio Health at its Dublin Methodist Hospital location, and was attended by more than 70 people from Ohio’s developmental disabilities and business communities.

Governor Kasich gave remarks on the importance of providing access to meaningful community employment and signed an Executive Order declaring Ohio as an Employment First state. The Executive Order creates a task force to implement policy that requires all state agencies providing supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities to collaborate and ensure their procedures consider community employment as a first option, rather than assignment to sheltered workshop employment.

“Sheltered workshop employment has been valuable and rewarding for many individuals over the years,” said Director Martin, “but we also know that there are many people out there who strongly desire an opportunity to do something else, and to find competitive jobs in their communities doing things they enjoy doing. We’re glad to have such strong support from Governor Kasich to help improve our system at the state level so that we can help make that happen more often.”

Legislation now in the Ohio Legislature, as part of the mid-biennium budget review bill recently introduced by the Kasich Administration, includes provisions related to community employment. In addition to requiring state agencies to review and align their policies and procedures, the bill also requires that starting at age 14, youth with developmental disabilities will have in their Individualized Education Plans (IEP) a strategy for finding and preparing for community employment after graduation if they so choose.

The Governor’s Task Force on Employment First includes the Departments of Developmental Disabilities, Education, Job and Family Services, Mental Health, and the Rehabilitation Services Commission. The task force will also have authority to establish an advisory committee comprised of individuals, family members and other stakeholders from Ohio’s DD System.

High Quality Is Our Goal

Continuing our commitment to excellence, Weaver Industries' ProPak division is proud to have obtained ISO 9001:2008 certification!

The ISO 9001:2008 quality management standard establishes an effective quality management program for manufacturing companies and includes such important components as customer satisfaction and establishing processes for continuous improvement.