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Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities



Employment Programs


Community Employment Services Information

The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities Community Employment Services specializes in helping people with disabilities fulfill their desire to work. We offer a variety of services for both employers and employees. These services include evaluations and assessments, job seeking skills, job development and placement, job coaching, follow along services and on-the-job training.

Community Employment

The Community Employment program is designed to give an individual the help they need to work as independently as possible in the community. Job Developers assist individuals with all aspects of securing a job. In addition, job coaches provide the help needed to maintain successful employment. For more information about our Community Employment program call 330.725.1373 or email us at


Work Center

Individuals needing additional supports may opt for employment in the workshop located at the Medina County Achievement Center. Staff assists individuals with such jobs as collating, packaging, assembly and salvaging for local industries and organizations. In some cases, small work groups, known as enclaves, leave the workshop to work in the community under the supervision and guidance of a staff member. Questions about our Sheltered Workshop can be answered by call 330.725.7751 ext. 261 or by email at


STEP (Stepping Into Employment Possibilities)

STEP is a unique work transition program designed to help participants move into community employment. The emphasis of this outstanding program is to make sure individuals gain real work experience, in a real world setting. Through many collaborative efforts with local businesses, we give individuals the chance to tryout a job, either in our setting or in the community. These temporary tryouts, one to two weeks long and under the guidance of a job trainer, help us find an individual's strengths and interests. The STEP training program is meant to be a stepping stone and is therefore a time-limited opportunity. Just like any typical job, individuals in the program are required to have good attendance, positive attitude, good hygiene and a desire to work. Behavior can have an impact on an individual's ability to stay in the program. Attendance and attitude are very important and are looked at closely during the program. Once goals are met, our Community Employment Services staff will provide further job placement support. For more information about the STEP Program contact our Community Services Department by calling 330.725.1373 or by email at


Career Connections

The Career Connections program, which is made possible through a grant from the state of Ohio, provides the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities with additional funds, as well as a vocational counselor, to help individuals gain employment within our community. Through vocational assessments and evaluations with our counselor, we are able to determine what jobs would best fit your needs. We then look for a job placement to meet your specific goals. Due to the unique way this program is funded, our Career Connections program allows us to provide more services to more people. For more information, contact our Community Employment Program at 330-725-1373 or