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May 15, 2013 : Tour Spotlights OUL and Fairfield DD Partnership
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing

Lancaster – A group containing people from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Office of Medicaid toured sections of the Ohio University Lancaster Campus last week to learn about a partnership between OUL and Fairfield County Developmental Disabilities.


"They were here to learn more about the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities' Employment First Initiatives," said Fairfield DD Community Outreach Coordinator John Bosser. "The initiatives are a commitment to find community employment for adults with disabilities who can and want to work, as well as make community connections such as volunteer opportunities for others."


The group toured the greenhouse at Ohio University Lancaster to learn more about the G.R.O.W. (Growing Resources and Opportunities for Work) Project. The project is a partnership using the campus greenhouse to provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to work in the horticulture industry. The partnership serves as a contract grower for Allen's Lancaster Greenhouse, which sells the vegetables, flowers and grasses to the public.


"The group also learned more about The ZONE," said Bosser. "The ZONE is the campus food service operation.Clients from Fairfield DD work there and it serves as a job training site."


After leaving Ohio University Lancaster, the group toured several other locations in Lancaster where Fairfield DD has partnerships that create jobs and training opportunities for people with disabilities.