Whiteoak graduate Nate Frazer works as a greeter, loader and stocker at the Hillsboro Rural King. (Photo courtesy of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities)
Whiteoak graduate Nate Frazer works as a greeter, loader and stocker at the Hillsboro Rural King. (Photo courtesy of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities)
Nate Frazer has always been known as a people person. He knew before graduation that he wanted a job where he could interact with others.
 
While still attending Whiteoak High School in Mowrystown, Frazer, who has Down syndrome and speech delays, was referred to Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) by Special Education Coordinator Lisa Beresford. Working with OOD Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Amy Bradford, Frazer completed Pre-Employment Transition Services through the Highland County Board of Developmental Disabilities (HCBDD), focusing on job exploration, workplace readiness and counseling on post-secondary options.
 
In 2019, Frazer participated in the OOD Summer Youth Work Experience at the S & K Dairy Cup and a miniature golf course in Hillsboro. He was responsible for clean-up, landscaping, painting and trash management. 
 
Bradford explained, “Nate is a hard worker and loves being around people. He was even elected as his school’s homecoming king in 2019.”
 
Frazer deferred his diploma to attend Laurel Oaks in Wilmington, one of the four Great Oaks Career Campuses in Hamilton/Clinton counties. He took part in the CareerX classroom, a career exploration and employability skills program for students with special needs. He also received Job Seeking Skills Training from HCBDD Job Developer Jacob Alexander.
 
In March 2020, Frazer graduated high school and began looking for a job with Alexander’s help. Frazer set his sights on a job where he could work with people and was related to farming, another of his interests.
 
A position at Rural King looked like the perfect fit, and Frazer started working there in January 2021. Capabilities, Inc. provided Job Coaches Taryn Goble and Anthony Cox, and they helped Frazer thrive as a greeter, loader and stocker.
 
Frazer has become a local favorite at Rural King. Working up to 30 hours a week, customers often request Frazer’s help to load their cars.
 
When asked what he enjoyed the most about his job, Frazer replied, “I love the customers I get to meet and help and the people I work with at Rural King.” He shared that he likes making his own money and recently was able to buy himself a new pair of work boots.
 
OOD is available to support individuals with all different kinds of disabilities in career success. If you or somebody you know has a disability and would like to work, visit OODWorks.com or call (800) 282-4536.