Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is proud to announce that the organization and its Employment Services team has been recognized as the “Top Performer” in helping people with developmental disabilities to get jobs in the community. The organization’s achievement reflects its commitment to Employment First, a national movement to assist job seekers with developmental disabilities to work in competitive, integrated employment.
As one of the largest employment and training centers in Southwest Ohio, Goodwill is committed toward helping people with developmental disabilities to get jobs in the Greater Cincinnati community. In 2012, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed an Executive Order making community employment a priority for people with developmental disabilities. Since that time there has been a 16% increase in the number of people with DD who are working in the community. Goodwill is pleased to be recognized as a “Top Performer” in that effort.
Locally, Ohio Valley Goodwill works with four County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren) as well as Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), in helping people with developmental disabilities to obtain successful community employment.
Goodwill Employment Services Director, Aimee Rittner, noted that for prospective employers “hiring employees with Developmental Disabilities (DD), adds to the diversity of the workplace. Research also shows that 90% of employees with disabilities performed equal to or better than non-disabled peers. In addition, employees with DD have a 48% lower turnover rate than those who do not have disabilities,” added Rittner.
Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Employment Services team works with local employers and job seekers with disabilities to find the best match possible in terms of job skills and workforce needs. Goodwill’s recognition as a “Top Performer” in the Employment First movement by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities showcases the organization’s 100 year history of helping individuals to obtain employment success.
To find out more about Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Employment and Training Services, visit www.goodwillemploymentservices.com or call (513) 771-4800. “Putting People to Work” has been Goodwill’s mission for 100 years and the organization is dedicated to this effort into the future.
“Ohio Valley Goodwill is very pleased to be recognized as the “Top Performer” in Employment Services and is proud of our record of service towards helping people with disabilities to achieve employment success,” said Joe Byrum, President and CEO.