Abilities First

Employment Services

Having a good job raises self-esteem and fosters self-sufficiency & independence.

EMPLOYMENT FOR DISABLEDEvery person should have access to meaningful employment. But today there are still many people with disabilities who cannot find employment. We are working to change that through our Employment Services. 

According to the 2013 Disability Status Report for Ohio (the most recent report available), the employment rate of working-age people (ages 21 to 64) with disabilities in OH was 33.9 percent – which means that the un-employment rate in this sector of the population is 66.1%. 

Our goal is to eliminate barriers to employment and bridge the gap between job seekers with a disability and the employers; this includes educating employers about the value and benefits of hiring people with disabilities. 

The Employment Services Department offers a comprehensive range of services for people with disabilities, focusing on job preparedness and employment. Whether developing new skills, preparing to enter the job market for the first time or seeking to change careers, our staff is ready to assist you in reaching your goals. 

Services provided:
  • Community Based Assessment 
  • Job Development
  • Job Coaching
  • Vocational Evaluation
  • Retention Services
  • Enclave
  • Comprehensive Therapeutic Evaluation by our Therapy Service

Abilities First’s Employment Services began in 1993. The program received its first one-year CARF accreditation in 1995 and has maintained a three-year accreditation since.

For more information contact Kristi Burns at 513-423-9496 ext 262 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Supported by United Way of Greater Cincinnati and United Way of Warren County

Abilities First Development Department offers a number of ways you can support local children and adults with disabilities.

Please contact Development Department at 513-423-9496 if you have any questions.
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About Us

From birth through life, Abilities First of Middletown and Franklin, Ohio provides a broad array of individual and group programs for children and adults with disabilities.  

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Services for Children

Potential is Made Possible through our coordinated services - Autism Learning Center, Free Therapy Screenings, Pediatric Therapies, and Integrated Early Childhood Learning.

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Services for Adults

Adult independent living skills are an important aspect of creating a fulfilling life. Our residential and adult day programs provide a place of security, acceptance and a sense of belonging.

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We need YOU to help support local children and adults with disabilities. Donate to our mission, volunteer at one of our locations or special events, advocate for people with disabilities.