This initiative will see the establishment of an employment program that will provide job search, training, job placement and ongoing support to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health issues. Individuals with developmental disabilities and other challenges (dual diagnosis) have had a difficult time accessing competitive employment. Our community has a need for people to work at entry level jobs who are loyal and invested in their work with excellent attendance records. We need the expertise of SixPoints JVPF members, their entrepreneurship, skills in strategic planning, marketing and public relations as well as their contacts to open doors to businesses in the community. The funding will assist with marketing and outreach, the development and distribution of the model as well as staff to do job analysis and placement. We will work closely with and learn from SixPoints JVPF members how to recruit businesses to this endeavour. The social climate for employing people with disabilities has never been as open as it is today. Let’s take advantage of the momentum of the Ontario government's AODA marketing to reach out to the community in a concerted way and launch this initiative.