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It Starts With Families Guide

The Ohio Employment First Taskforce partnered with its member agencies, including DODD, to create the It Starts With Families guide. The guide provides research on the contributing factors and impact families with loved ones with disabilities face. The guide also includes important definitions and links to supporting resources.  

Ultimately, the guide and training are designed to support local professionals serving individuals and their families to:  

  • Become families with the research around families,  
  • Learn how to better design family engagement strategies to reach all families, and  
  • Build trust, rapport, and successful partnerships with families through cultural responsive practices.  

A toolkit for regional & local providers was also created to provide partner agencies and organizations that support people with disabilities at the state, regional, and local. Levels with resources to be able to consistently raise awareness and build efforts about the research to support family engagement across the state. The resources allow for flexibility as you customize your communication efforts to your stakeholders.  

Please use the attached guide and marketing toolkit to share with stakeholders.