Background and Summary
Employment is a key part of the human experience. It provides meaning and purpose to our lives and offers the prospect of financial freedom. In March of 2012, Ohio’s Governor recognized this fundamental value and signed executive order 2012-05K to make community employment a priority for people with developmental disabilities.
Since that time, there has been a 40% increase in people with developmental disabilities who received integrated employment services. This improvement is due to significant efforts made to strengthen the community employment infrastructure.
This represents the extensive work to improve data collection and monitoring. DODD will continue to work to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities have increased opportunities to live, work, and thrive in their homes and communities through state-of-the-art planning, innovative technology, and supports that focus on their talents, interests, and skills.
The Outcome Tracking System (OTS) application captures how people who receive developmental disabilities services are spending their days. It does not focus on individual outcomes identified within a person’s plan but focuses on the larger systems outcomes that are happening with services.
Data Used in the Analysis
The Outcome Tracking System (OTS) provides valuable data that allows us to better understand what is happening for people with developmental disabilities in Ohio. It asks questions about:
- People’s Place on the Path to Community Employment (PPCE)
- Job Type
- Average wages per hour/average hours per week
- Community-Based Non-Work Services
- Hours spent in the community
- Facility-Based Non-Work Services
- o Hours spent in a facility
Outcome Tracking System (OTS) Data
The information captured within OTS allows the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) to align policies, procedures, and legislation that help improve how people live, work, play, and thrive in their communities.