Transition Services

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Transition Services

Early planning and preparation are essential for success in adulthood.   The Fairfield County Board of DD assists individuals, families, and schools in planning and coordinating services for life after graduation.  We link families with community resources, employment options as well as social activities each student wants. 

The Fairfield County Transition Collaborative was formed in 2009.  We meet to discuss local services, state initiatives and networking of all agencies in Fairfield County that work with transition youth.  Some of the partners in the Collaborative include:

* Fairfield County Board of DD
* Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities  
  Agency
* Fairfield County Jobs & Family Services
* Social Security Administration
* Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living
* Service providers
* Families
* Other stakeholders who are passionate about      developing best-practice in transition services for    Fairfield County

This group meets every other month during the school year. The Fairfield County Transition Collaborative serves as a model for the State of Ohio.

Fairfield Medical Center (FMC) Project SEARCH

This training model is a collaborative effort between the Fairfield Medical Center, Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), and the Fairfield County Board of DD’s JobFusion Employment Service. This school-age transition program is based at Fairfield Medical Center and provides each participant with an opportunity to experience a variety of internships at the medical center during his or her last year of school. Each student works in various departments including: dietary, laundry, recycling, front desk, surgery, physical therapy, materials management and more.

The program works to improve and strengthen the student’s focus, increase independence, and learn transferable skills to obtain competitive employment. An on-site instructor from Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools and job coaching services are on site as well.  

Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) Project SEARCH

This training model is a partnership with DSW, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). The program is based at Designer Shoe Warehouse and is a paid job-training program tailored to the Logistics Industry. Skills curriculum is taught to the interns to industry standards. Interns begin the job-development process as early as possible after the first internship, and for those who demonstrate readiness for competitive work in the logistics industry. 

CLICK HERE for Employment First Transition Resources.

For more information about Transition Services please contact:

Susan Barnett, Supervisor of Transition Services
7140 Reynoldsburg-Baltimore Road
Pickerington, Ohio 43147
(614) 835-2700 - Office
sbarnett@fairfielddd.com

To access the Fairfield County High School Transition Manual,
click here.