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When Heidi aged-out of her segregated school setting several decades ago, she transitioned directly to a sheltered workshop in her area. Once there, Heidi completed piece work and simple production tasks. Then, she was referred to the Employment First partnership in Cuyahoga County and gained employment in a local nursing home. In addition to the financial benefits of the new job, Heidi’s sister has noticed many other positive changes in her. She says that Heidi no longer needs physical therapy, and she participates in a community walking group. Heidi used to participate in a yoga class while seated in a chair — and now, the chair is gone! Her circle of friends also has increased, and she attends a book club and church with coworkers. Heidi takes care of her work clothes, and is always ready for work. And, for the first time in 45 years, Heidi has chosen to reduce the number of weeks she attends a summer camp because she doesn’t want to miss work! The positive impact of her job extends well beyond a paycheck.”

March 18, 2015 – Pipeline, a publication of the Ohio Dept. of DD

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Wanted to give a “Shout out” to iHeartMedia, Matt Razzante, the Magic 105.7 morning crew, and all the staff at iHeartMedia, for creating such a wonderful experience for Mike! Thanks for continuously giving back to the community!

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