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Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the State of Ohio agency that partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment and independence. We also make determinations on Social Security disability.

OOD does this through three areas:

OOD works with partners in business, education and non-profit organizations to facilitate customized employment plans for Ohioans with disabilities; help Ohio companies recruit and retain employees with disabilities; and is the sole agency administering the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs in Ohio.


OOD launched a new job portal called OODWorks.com. The site allows potential consumers to learn about OOD’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and complete an online application, allowing a more streamlined process.

Individuals who are interested in vocational rehabilitation (VR) resources are encouraged to visit www.OODWorks.com where they can watch a video about our services, take a brief self-assessment and apply for services right online. In an effort to reduce roadblocks for many who could benefit from VR services, such as transportation, OODWorks.com can help a person start the process without having to visit an office.

Once the online application process is completed, the individual will be contacted by an OOD staff member in their area to schedule an appointment.

If you are an individual with a disability, want to work and are willing to commit to the process, the next step is yours! Visit www.OODWorks.com to get started.



Hiring Ohioans with Disabilities: A Toolkit for Employers, Managers and Human Resource Professionals

Integrating individuals with disabilities into the workplace can have many benefits for employers. Individuals with disabilities have proven to be dedicated, conscientious and highly productive workers when given the chance. The greatest barriers to hiring workers with disabilities are myths, fears and misunderstandings. In Ohio, the Toolkit for Employers is the best source of information for recruiting, hiring and retaining workers with disabilities. Employers can learn about best practices from some of Ohio's top employers; tax incentives for hiring workers with disabilities, and many other important information. View the Toolkit for Employers. 


National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 




Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place in October and is set aside by Congress. It is meant to educate the community about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year, NDEAM’s theme is #InclusionWorks.

Throughout October, OOD will be involved in a variety of activities to highlight disability employment and celebrate the vast contributions of Ohio’s workers with disabilities. This will include our third annual series of regional job fairs and the business recognition Opportunity Awards, as well as highlighting success stories of individuals with disabilities and employers who are making positive differences.

How to request information or public records is available here: