Moving from a sheltered workshop to a community job

Gary MoreyFor 10 years, Gary Morey was employed doing piecework in a sheltered workshop. Many believed he was unable to work in the community because of his needed behavioral supports and limited verbal communication skills. When the workshop discontinued its contracts, Morey was forced to look elsewhere for work and was referred to a counselor with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.

Through conversations with Morey and others, the counselor discovered he made a good impression on one of the companies contracted with the workshop. That company was impressed by Morey’s ability to focus and hired him in May 2015. Morey works 25 hours a week at minimum wage. He’s happy with his job, proud of what he does and enjoys getting his paycheck. Morey has progressed at his job and only has a follow-along job coach once a month.

This story originally appeared in the October issue of Employment First Newsletter from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

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