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Who Qualifies?

On March 19, 2012, Governor John Kasich signed an executive order deeming Ohio an "Employment First" state. This initiative promotes that all individuals with developmental disabilities are capable of being employed and that community employment is the preferred outcome for working-age individuals with developmental disabilities. Every person has skills and abilities and should have the opportunity to explore career options that align with those abilities. When people with developmental disabilities obtain paid employment, they experience improved quality of life, gain new friends, increase income and gain self-confidence. There is often a greater sense of belonging to a community.

Looking for a Job?

Community integrated employment should be the first option for all working-age adults and transition-age youth with developmental disabilities. The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities is committed to helping individuals who want to work achieve this goal.

Whether a person is in the very beginning stages and not sure about employment, or has worked before and would like help finding a new job, the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities can assist. There are approximately 130-150 individuals connected to Employment Services at the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Employment Services helps connect people to jobs and retain employment through person-centered supports.  

Looking for an Employee?


Any business or company looking for qualified candidates to fill open positions can contact the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities for assistance. People with developmental disabilities working in integrated-community jobs is a win-win. Employers note loyalty and retention, along with an increased positivity in the workplace. This also improves diversity and inclusion practices in the workplace. Job Developers will connect interested persons with employment opportunities. Job Coaches and other employees  provide resources to the person and company for excellent outcomes and a long-lasting employment relationship. 

For more information, contact:

Tammy Smith-Zack

Employment Coordinator

419-221-1385 ext. 2869

Employment Service's Club


Employment Service's Club was created to offer support and social interaction for individual's with jobs in the community. Activities are planned at different times of the week each month to accommodate different work schedules. Employment Service's Club offers a chance for people to try something new, meet new people, and talk with others who also work. It is also an opportunity to enjoy what the community has to offer and have fun after a hard day's work.

To join the Employment Service's Club, contact:

Tammy Smith-Zack

Employment Coordinator

419-221-1385 ext. 2869

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