Transition Services

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Transition Services

AGES 14 THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

Early planning and preparation are essential for success in adulthood.   The Fairfield County Board of DD assists individuals, families, and schools in planning and coordinating services for life after graduation.  We link families with community resources, employment and social activities each student wants. This is coordinated by Transition Individual Support Coordinators who work with individuals ages 14 through high school graduation. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm at locations relevant to the program or plan in which a student is participating.

Click Here to view our Life After Graduation guide.
Click Here to view our Transition Timeline.

The Fairfield County Transition Collaborative was formed in 2009.  We meet to discuss local services, state initiatives and networking of all agencies, schools and families that work with transition youth. 

This group meets every other month during the school year. The Fairfield County Transition Collaborative serves as a model for the State of Ohio.

Fairfield Medical Center (FMC) Project SEARCH

This training model is a collaborative effort between the Fairfield Medical Center, Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), and the Fairfield County Board of DD’s JobFusion Employment Service. This program is based at Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio throughout the academic school year and provides each participant with an opportunity to experience a variety of internships at the medical center. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 2:30 pm.

The program works to improve and strengthen the student’s focus, increase independence, and learn transferable skills to obtain competitive employment. A special education instructor from Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical School and job coaching services are on site as well. Students need to meet high school graduation criteria and agree to attend one more year of educational training.  

DSW Distribution Center Project SEARCH

This training model is a partnership with DSW, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). The program is based at DSW Distribution Center in Columbus, Ohio and is a paid job-training program tailored to the Logistics Industry. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 6:30 am to 2:30 pm.

A skills curriculum is taught to the interns adhering to industry standards. Interns begin the job-development process as early as possible after the first internship, and for those who demonstrate readiness for competitive work in the logistics industry.  Currently, 100 percent of the interns have gone on to full-time employment in distribution centers.

The DSW Project SEARCH Warehouse Training is designed for people who already have exited high school. 

For more information about Transition Services please contact:

Susan Barnett, Supervisor of Transition Services
7140 Reynoldsburg-Baltimore Road
Pickerington, Ohio 43147
(614) 835-2700 - Office
sbarnett@fairfielddd.com

To access the Fairfield County
High School Transition Manual,

click here.
CLICK HERE for Employment First Transition Resources.