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dc.creatorAkgerman, Laura
dc.creatorApaliyah, Godwin
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-17T22:32:43Z
dc.date.available2018-04-17T22:32:43Z
dc.date.issued2018-04
dc.identifier.citationEngaged Scholars, v. 6 (2018).en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1811/84675
dc.descriptionOhio is currently in the midst of a massive substance abuse crisis. Many people are addicted to illegal and legal substances, and the impacts are widespread. The news is filled with stories of record-breaking numbers of people with substance abuse addictions, high unemployment, and employers who can't find job applicants that can pass a drug test. There are bright spots in this bleak picture – proactive employers, laws to protect against discrimination, and Extension and community resources. Many local employers are intentionally hiring people recovering from substance abuse disorders and giving them a second chance to stay sober, employed and engaged in their community. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) offers protection to employees who are recovering from addiction. Extension educators are experts at identifying problems, developing resources, and sharing solutions with their state and community. The ADA is a federal law that protects people from discrimination based on their disability. A person who is addicted to drugs is a person with a disability, and may be eligible for protection under the ADA, if he or she is sober and in recovery. Attendees will hear an overview of the ADA and its impact on employers and employees. This presentation will review the rights and responsibilities addressed by the ADA, and it will empower attendees to direct others to helpful resources and information about the protections of the ADA. Local employers who hire people in recovery from substance abuse will be interviewed; their experiences and advice will be shared (tentatively planning to invite local employer(s) to be part of the presentation). Employers will be asked to share what resources and supports they have, as well as what resources they need that Extension or other community partners might provide. Attendees will be challenged to consider what type of support and resources they could offer local employers to encourage hiring people in recovery for substance abuse, or giving employees who slip out of recovery a second chance to keep their job (when appropriate). The lead presenter will review the ADA, how it impacts employees with substance abuse disorders, the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, and resources for identifying and determining reasonable accommodations. The county Extension educator will lead attendees in a discussion to recognize the needs of local employers, employees and job seekers, and identify current Extension and community resources, as well as what resources need to be developed to support the local workforce and community. Local employers will share their experiences, identify needed resources and engage with the audience on hiring people with substance abuse disorders, and the positive impact this can have on the individual, the company and the community (tentative).en_US
dc.descriptionAUTHOR AFFILIATION: Laura Akgerman, Ohio Agrability Disability Services Coordinator, The Ohio State University Extension, akgerman.4@osu.edu (Corresponding Author); Godwin Apaliyah, Director of Fayette County Economic Development, The Ohio State University Extension.en_US
dc.description.abstractOhio is currently in the midst of a massive substance abuse crisis. Too many people are addicted to illegal (and legal) substances, the impacts are felt throughout their families and communities, and drug use can make it difficult to find or retain a job. This poster will review the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal law that protects people with disabilities from discrimination, and will explore how the ADA impacts employees and job applicants who are in recovery from drug addiction. Learn about local employers who hire people recovering from substance abuse, and the positive impact this can have on the individual, the company and the community. Learn about the needs of local employers, employees and job seekers. Learn how to identify current Extension and community resources, and what resources need to be developed to support the local workforce and community.en_US
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dc.publisherOhio State University. Office of Outreach and Engagementen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCommunity Engagement Conference. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, January 24–25, 2018.en_US
dc.subjectemploymenten_US
dc.subjectsubstance abuseen_US
dc.subjectcommunity impacten_US
dc.subjectcollaborationen_US
dc.titleEmployment and the Opioid Crisis in Ohio: How Extension, Community Partners and the Americans with Disabilities Act Can Support Local Employersen_US
dc.typePresentationen_US
dc.type.genrePosteren_US
dc.rights.ccAttribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United Statesen_US
dc.rights.ccurihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/en_US


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