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Spotted Cow Coffeehouse: Brewing Coffee and Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities

I got a link to post to Capabilities’ social media outlets, and I had to do a little more research, as this business seemed like a great story. While doing this, I thought that this story had to be shared in more detail, so here it is… Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I did researching it…

The Spotted Cow Coffehouse is a new business in Urbana, OH. The coffee business is a great business to get into, and it seems like they are positioning themselves very well to take advantage of this. Another way that this business is taking advantage of business opportunities is by specializing in hiring people with disabilities. According to the mission on their website, the Spotted Cow Coffeehouse envisions a continuous goal to build the lives of adults with disabilities. They also say that they will facilitate the growth as individuals and they will construct a positive synergy to extend to our guests and our community.

According to a recent article in the Dayton Daily News, the Spotted Cow Coffeehouse is employing three people with disabilities and two high school students to oversee the workers. Another great thing that I see is that they are giving the people with disabilities jobs that they want, not just putting them in the jobs that would be easiest for them to complete. It is great to hear that Eric, their recent associate of the month, is even working on mastering the espresso machine and memorizing drink recipes.

The Spotted Cow gets their mission and vision from their founder and CEO, Bobbi Custer. You can tell her passion of helping people with disabilities from reading about her bio on the Spotted Cow website and her blog.

I know next time I am in Urbana, I have a new place to stop! Luckily, I will be able to follow them through their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, so that when I get there, I will feel at home already :)

Congrats to the Spotted Cow, and Good Luck with your business!  I am sure with all of your positive energy you are putting out there, you have to be getting some of it back… Hopefully other businesses will see this example of how hiring people with disabilities can be a great business decision to help your business.

Capabilities Recognizes Otterbein St. Marys as Outstanding Community Partner

OtterbeinRecently, Capabilities, Inc. recognized Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices St Marys as their Outstanding Community Partner for Inclusive Hiring. Presenting the award were Capabilities owners Bill and Karen Blumhorst. Accepting the award on behalf of Otterbein St Marys were Fred Wiswell, Executive Director; Jeanne Klopfenstein, Business Office Coordinator; and Danielle Fargo, Director of Dining Services.

Capabilities mission and Otterbein values go hand in hand forming a partnership that benefits the entire community. Capabilities mission is to help people with differing abilities achieve and sustain their goals. One of Otterbein’s community values is to work with persons and organization in the spirit of inclusiveness.  This makes a winning combination for St. Marys.

Otterbein St Marys has worked closely with Capabilities for many years by employing the individuals Capabilities assists with their job placement needs.  Otterbein St Marys has successfully hired employees through Capabilities to work in the maintenance, dietary, and nursing areas of the facility. Otterbein St Marys has also assisted individuals that Capabilities serves with job shadows, assessments to help determine skill levels, and practice interviews, which are all a part of Capabilities’ services to prepare people for employment. Capabilities works with people with all types of abilities to help them find employment as well as other employment related needs.

Capabilities commends and honors Otterbein St Marys for being a caring and wonderful employer to their employees.

EmployAbility Job Fair at Wright State

EmployAbility Flyer 2014

EmployAbility Flyer 2014Just wanted to let everyone know about an event that we are going to have a booth at, and a great resource for people with disabilities in the Dayton, OH area…

The event is called EmployAbility. Is is a job fair for people with disabilities.

It is open to employers to find great candidates for employment. If you need a few ideas as to the benefits of hiring a person with a disability, check out the benefits of hiring people with disabilities section on our website.

It is also open to the public, so if you have disability in the Dayton area, this is a great event to find employers who are interested in hiring you!

Here are the quick details on the event:

Date:  March 26th, 2014
Time:  11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Wright State University
Apollo Room, Student Union
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435

At the event, the Air Force has volunteers that conduct mock interviews and provide feedback, so that is a nice added bonus…

Here is a link to view the full flyer of the event: EmployAbility Flyer 2014

Here is a link to event page from Wright State:

If you are an employer and are interested in having a booth there to find qualified applicants, the price of having a booth there is FREE. Here is the link to sign up to have a booth there:

Toledo Community Rehabilitation Partner Meeting

Yesterday, we met with a lot of the counselors from the northwest area of the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Comission. We appreciate all the feedback that we received and all the time that we were given to share some great information.

At this meeting, we shared a bulk of information. We started off with some statistics for the 1st Financial Quarter for the northwest area, and then broke down into some more specific information regarding our services. We talked about vocational evaluations, benefits analysis, and our computer training services.

If you are interested in any of the files, here they are all.

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Notes and Audio for the @Capabilities Technology Demo Day in Toledo

Did you miss out on the Capabilities Technology Demo Day on October 30th, 2012?  If so, don’t fret!

I took some notes and audio recordings on the Livescribe Echo Smartpen that I have been using.  This is an awesome device by the way! It takes notes written notes and combines them with an audio recording that the pen does.  It is great for people with learning disabilities, memory issues, or for dealing with fast talkers :)

Here are all the notes:

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Capabilities Staff Interviewed

Here is a picture of station where we recorded at.

Just wanted to let everyone know that Belinda Bockrath, our Southwest Area Manager, and I were recently interviewed for a few Clear Channel stations. We are going to be on the Education Report, with Gary Honnert. Here are the stations, times, and dates that you can listen to us:

Date: Sunday, October 14th, 2012
Station and Time:

We talked for about a half hour about a lot of interesting things, so please be sure to tune in!

If you can’t listen in at any of these times or are out of their coverage area, I am trying to get an audio version of this that we can share out to everyone.

Needs Assessment for Ohio RSC

The Ohio RSC has recently completed a needs assessment for their services.  In the assessment, the following reccomendations were given:

  1. Focus efforts to access available federal funding to provide services to individuals with disabilities.
  2. Formalize efforts to understand processes and procedures used in counties that demonstrate effective methods for conducting outreach and addressing the employment needs of individuals with disabilities.
  3. Direct efforts toward establishing better alignment of the distribution of resources across counties in Ohio.
  4. Expand VR services to transition age youth through partnership agreements with Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and by encouraging VR counselors to work closely with local education agencies.
  5. Explore the utilization of a resource investment system in which outcome achievement data is utilized to make decisions about the investment of resources.
  6. Expand VR services to older adults through RSC’s partnership with the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA).
  7. Develop a formal plan to share current methods for collecting and disseminating data with stakeholder groups.
  8. Examine the need to capture additional data related to the use of state supported services at intake and for case management services.
  9. Evaluate the strategic use of “supported employment” services as a method of reducing recidivism.
  10. Direct efforts to use labor market information to assist consumers in developing valid employment goals.

To view more information about these reccomendations, check out the entire report here (Note: You need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader to view this link):

Local Businesses Team Up to Help Youth With Disabilities

From 2012 SYWE

Capabilities has recently completed a summer work experience for youth with disabilities. Through this experience, the students gained job skills, tried out different types of jobs, established work history, made connections with potential employers, and of course, made some money.

The Ohio RSC referred these students to Capabilities to complete the work experience. RSC funded this program so that the students can get ready for their transition into the workplace from school. All of the students involved were between 14 and 22 years old. All students were paid minimum wage for the hours they worked.

Capabilities would like to thank the following businesses who let the students come in and work at their facilities: Wapakoneta City Schools, Wapakoneta Manor, Fassett Farms, St. Marys City Schools, Otterbein St. Marys, Lininger Pony Rides, The Arts Partnership, Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County, Hobby Lobby, The Findlay Publishing Company, and The Findlay YMCA.

“This experience is mutually beneficial for both the students and workplaces, and we wish to continue providing this service every summer for students in transition to the workplace,” said Karen Blumhorst, CEO of Capabilities .

Here are the official press releases regarding the program:

Findlay Summer Youth Work Experience Press Release
Auglaize-Allen Summer Youth Work Experience Press Release

Here is a slideshow of some of the students in action:

Convoy of Hope Stopping in Dayton

For anyone in need in the Dayton area, Convoy of Hope is throwing a great event.  At their event in Dayton, you can get each of the following services for free if you are in need:

  • Groceries (More than 35,000 pounds of free groceries)
  • Health Fair (Free medical and dental screenings with local doctors, medical professionals and dentists)
  • Kids Zone (Free medical and dental screenings with local doctors, medical professionals and dentists)
  • Hair Cuts Free haircuts for the whole family by local barbers and hairstylists)
  • Job Fair (Free services include professional resume writing, interview coaching and on-site interviews with local employers)
  • Family Portraits (Free family portraits courtesy of local photographers)
  • Live Entertainment (Free live music and entertainment)
  • BBQ Lunch (Free grilled hot dog lunch for everyone in attendance)
  • Clothing (Free clothing)

All of these goods and services are free of charge with no ID required or residency restrictions (while supplies last).

Here are the details for the event:

  • Date: Saturday July 28th
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Welcome Park, Dayton, OH

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Here is a quick video from the Convoy of Hope about this event and other ones like it:

Convoy of Hope Community Outreach 2011 from Convoy of Hope on Vimeo.

If you are going to be in the Dayton area, it sounds like a great event!  I am sure they could use some more volunteers (which is also great to put on a resume), so if you are interested, go to this page:

For more information, check out this page:

Wholly Toledo!

Here is a quick link to an article about one of Capabilities’ consumers.

Congrats Danny!  Keep up the good work!  Capabilities has helped Danny with customized employment, funded by the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission.

If you are interested in services and have a disability, please apply for services with the Rehabilitation Services Commission.  Click here for a link to the application for services.