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Feb 27

Throughout 2017, the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is celebrating the fifth anniversary of Ohio's Employment First initiative. Gov. John Kasich created the program, which makes community employment the preferred outcome for people with developmental disabilities, when he signed Executive Order 2012-05K on March 19, 2012.

The communications team is conducting a photo campaign in which Employment First participants, their co-workers and providers will have an opportunity to tell Ohio what their job means to them.  

Participants can submit a photo of themselves holding up an 8.5x11 printout that says:

"My job means"

(Fill in the blank with words or pictures)


Please use the DODD photo consent and My Job Means template available here to get photos of those willing to help DODD celebrate Employment First's anniversary. Photos submitted without the photo consent will not be considered for use in this statewide campaign.

Submit photos and consent forms by emailing Maryjo Mace Woodburn at

Participants can also submit their photos by posting to social media and tagging @doddohio on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Use the #MyEmploymentFirst and #EmploymentFirstFriday hashtag.

Photo submissions will be accepted throughout the year.


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