Community Employment



Employment Works commercials 

Our agency has partnered with the Boards of DD in Butler, Clermont and Warren counties for a series of commercials airing on Local 12 throughout the year. Hamilton County's features Nakiea Spaulding, who works at the Perlman Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. You can read Nakiea's story on our blog.

See the commercial on our YouTube page.


Employment Works

All people want to contribute and thrive in a career within their interests and abilities. Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services is committed to the success of each person we serve. We recognize the strengths of the individuals and help them live and work in the community, just like everyone else. 

People with developmental disabilities are highly motivated employees who can meet your job expectations, and many workers with disabilities do not need significant accommodations to perform their jobs. Our agency and partners provide support throughout every step of the process so each person can develop the necessary skills to become a valued employee.

Click here to learn why employment works. If you're interested in learning how to diversify your workforce, click here.

For more information about community employment or hiring someone with a disability, contact Nathan Beck, Employment Coordinator, at (513) 559-6852 or

For students still attending high school, contact Lisa Grady, Transition Supervisor, at (513) 559-6916 or

Employment Spotlight

Hamilton County DD Services has a blog focused on employment for people with disabilities. It features success stories highlighting individuals’ contributions to the workplace, as well as ideas for businesses and people with disabilities.

Click here to read the blog.

Employing People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

A report created by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) provides compelling data and inspiring success stories to showcase this talented pool of workers that are exceeding expectations in driving business results from companies that are household names. Click here to read the report.

Ohio's Employment First

In 2012, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the Employment First Initiative to raise expectations surrounding employment for people with disabilities. The philosophy behind Employment First is that every person has abilities, skills and talents to enrich the community and people around us.

Community employment is the preferred path for working-age adults with developmental disabilities, and individuals should have the opportunity to explore career options and seek jobs that fit their skills and interests.

Click here to learn more about Ohio’s Employment First Initiative.