Coshocton DD - Community Resources




Career Opportunities
Employing Individuals with DD
People First Language
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Coshocton DD recognizes that a fufilling life begins and ends in the community in which individuals live, work and play. Coshocton DD is committed to actively collaborating with individuals, agencies, businesses and community organizations to strengthen the available supports, break down community barriers, and to share resources.

If you are interested in collaborating with the Coshocton County Board of DD please contact the Service & Support department at 622-2674. TOP

Career Opportunities






There are many ways to be a part of the Developmental Disabilities community. The Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities supports around 200 employees through an external network of independent and agency providers such as Adult Day Service programs and Residential programs. To become employed with a local Adult Day Service or Residential provider please check with each individual site.


To learn more about positions available within Coshocton DD please click HERE







The Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities appreciates and welcomes donations from members of the community and businesses. Donations must be approved by the Board. Please call ahead at 740-622-2674 to see if we can accept your item.






Employment First - Employing Individuals with Disabilities






We believe in people working in their community. We believe in greater opportunities to increase incomes, advance careers, and promote choice. We believe in working with employers to partner for job opportunities.

Employment First!

Governor John Kasich officially launched Ohio's Employment First Initiative when he signed Executive Order 2012-05K on March 19, 2012. The Executive Order established statewide collaboration and coordination by creating the Employment First Taskforce and Advisory Committee and made community employment the preferred outcome for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Since that time the Coshocton County Board of DD (CoshDD) Community Employment Department has been working with local and regional leaders to develop resources and plan for efforts that will promote greater employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities living in the community.Coshocton DD staff are working with schools and community organizations as well as neighboring counties to create an improved system of education and supports for the community and for individuals with disabilities.



Good People are Good Business

People with disabilities are a source of qualified workers that is frequently overlooked. Both large and small companies have benefited by recruiting people with disabilities for many years. Many leading companies attribute much of their success to employing a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities. This pool of workers represents one of the largest groups seeking employment in today’s market. More than 70 percent of adults with disabilities want to work, that’s an untapped work force of 18 million people.

Here are some other benefits of hiring individuals with



  • American Airlines calculated savings of 20 percent in recruiting costs by using nonprofit partners (such as rehabilitation agencies, Developmental Disabilities and welfare offices) to help in its recruitment efforts.
  • Employers tell the United States Chamber of Commerce that, once hired, individuals with disabilities provide some of the best employees within a corporation.
  • Employers report that employees with disabilities are generally dependable, dedicated, hardworking, and productive.
  • Employers report that the work ethic of employees with a disability has a positive effect on the morale and production of their colleagues.
  • Individuals with disabilities maintain above average work attendance and productivity.
  • People with disabilities have proven to have nearly 85 percent one-year employment retention rates and are also 70% more likely than a typical employee to stay at a job five years or longer (U.S. Department of Education, 2003)
  • People with disabilities possess valuable problem-solving skills because they are experts in finding creative ways to perform tasks others may take for granted.
  • Even households with no disability connection felt goodwill towards companies that included people with disabilities and were more likely to buy their products. (Solutions Marketing Group, 2003).
  • By raising awareness that your company is a disability-friendly business, you will attract job candidates and new customers.
  • Your business has an important partner in the effort to enhance its success through diversity. Each individual with a disability has a support team invested in the on-going success of that individual in being an excellent employee. This may include teaching the individual the job, helping them resolve problems, helping them learn new skills and working with you, the employer, to assure that individual continues to be a successful member of your team.
  • Employer fears concerning expensive insurance premiums and expensive modifications to work site are unfounded. Very often little or no adaptation to the work environment is needed.
  • Incentives for small and medium-sized businesses make tapping into the disability community an attractive recruiting strategy.
  • There are three tax incentives (small business tax credit, architectural and transportation tax deduction, and work opportunity tax credit) available to help employers cover accommodation costs for employees or customers with disabilities. Because of recent Medicare changes and Medicaid buy-in programs, many people with disabilities carry their own primary insurance, thereby reducing their employer’s costs.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), passed in 1990, prohibits discrimination against people with physical and mental disabilities in areas such as employment.

Individuals with disabilities are your neighbors, co-workers, family members and friends. Employment First benefits everyone; businesses will gain valuable, trained employees and individuals will have opportunities to use their unique skills and abilities to contribute to their employer and their community. Employment First promotes independence and employment, and these programs will decrease dependency on public funding, which will benefit the entire community.
Learn more at www.ohioemploymentfirst.org
Read the Employment First FAQ Sheet here.
Watch a video on Employment First here


There are many ways to support employing individuals with disabilities. To employ individuals with disabilities contact the Community Employment Director at 740-622-2674 ext: 41046. (Coshocton DD Employment department is CARF Accredited)




People First Language






Language reflects how we see one another. That's why words can hurt. It's also why we use and we encourage you to choose language that reflects the dignity of people who have disabilities—words that put the individual first, rather than the disability.

  • Think 'people first.' Say 'a woman who has mental retardation,' rather than 'a mentally retarded woman.'
  • Avoid words like 'unfortunate,' afflicted,' 'suffers from' and victim.'
  • Don't cast an individual with a disability as a superhuman model of courage. People with disabilities are just people, not tragic figures or demigods.
  • Mental retardation or any other developmental disability is not a disease. Do not use 'symptoms,' patient' or 'treatment,' unless the individual has an illness as well as a disability.
  • Use common sense. Avoid terms with obvious negative or judgmental connotations, such as 'crippled,' 'deaf and dumb,' 'lame' and 'defective.' If you aren't sure how to refer to an individual's condition, ask. And, if the disability is not relevant, why mention it at all?
  • Never refer to an individual as 'confined to a wheelchair.' Wheelchairs enable people to escape confinement. An individual with a mobility impairment 'uses' a wheelchair.
  • Try to describe people without disabilities as 'typical' rather than 'normal.'

Adapted from Ohio Public Images/Public Images Network's “People First Language"


Supporting Our Partners






Community support and collaborations are very important to the Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities. It is through collaboration with agencies and businesses within the community that we are able to make resources stretch further and provide greater access to the community for individuals we support.


If you are interested in presenting information about your organization to Coshocton DD or in haveing Coshocton DD present information about it supports to your organization please call the Service & Support Manager at: 740-622-2674 ext:41040










The Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities does not need volunteers at this time. However, many clubs and programs in Coshocton County support individuals with disabilities and welcome you to volunteer. Programs supporting individuals with devlopmmental disabilities include Special Olympics, People First and Raise Your Voice. If you are interested in volunteering for one of these programs, please call 740-622-2674 ext:41035 to get the most current contact information




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