Fairfield DD's JobFusion Wins Best Practices Award
JobFusion, the employment placement service of the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities received the Best Practices Award at the Ohio Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) annual conference in Columbus.
JobFusion job trainers work with people with disabilities to determine how to best match their needs and skill set with employers throughout the county. APSE is a national and state membership organization formed to focus exclusively on improving and expanding integrated employment opportunities, services and outcomes for people with disabilities.
“JobFusion trainers embrace and implement multiple models to successfully transition both students who have graduated and individuals who have been in a workshop setting into community employment,” said Kristall Day, APSE board member and presenter of the awards.
Many of the job trainers, as well as JobFusion management staff, were on hand to accept the award.
“This award validates the infrastructure we have built over the past few years to assure Community First, Employment First, for every person,” said Fairfield DD Superintendent John Pekar.
“None of us, however, are satisfied with where we are and we will not be until every person is on the path to true and legitimate community and employment connections.”
In 2012, Gov. John R. Kasich signed an executive order stating that employment should be the first option for people with developmental disabilities. Fairfield DD is at the forefront of the statewide movement to achieve that goal.
The statewide initiative fit perfectly with Fairfield DD’s Mission: Bring about a vibrant community where people lead fulfilling lives and make meaningful contributions.