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Welcome to Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

About Us

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.


One-Time Funds Available to Improve VR Services

OOD is making one-time funds available to vocational rehabilitation (VR) partners and providers and potential providers to expand and improve the provision of VR services to individuals with disabilities.

The following opportunities with a deadline date of July 31st includes support for:

•  Ohio’s Community Centers for the Deaf and Speech and Hearing Centers to obtain CARF accreditation, visit 

procure.ohio.gov,  Application CARF

•  Provider staff obtainment of Orientation & Mobility and Certified VR Teaching Certifications, visit procure.ohio.gov, Application ACVREP

•  Innovative strategies to increase access to VR services for underserved populations and improve outcomes for individuals served, visit procure.ohio.gov; and

•  Development of new Summer Youth Work Experience sites in higher wage and in-demand occupations, visit procure.ohio.gov.

The following opportunity with a deadline date of August 2nd includes support for:

•  Ohio Centers for Independent Living to obtain CARF accreditation, visit procure.ohio.gov Application CARF

For more information about these opportunities, visit Information/Request-For-Proposals.

To see a Challenge Award PowerPoint, visit Challenge Award PPT.

Also, OOD will offer funding for provider staff to obtain the Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) certification and Work Incentives Practitioner (WIP) training and credentialing through Cornell University. Providers who are interested are asked to complete a brief survey by July 31, 2017.

· CESP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/InterestforCESP

· WIP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/InterestforWIP



Video Shows How Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ohioans Can Obtain a Commercial Driver’s License


As a result of the recommendations of Governor John Kasich's Workforce Integration Task Force, Ohio was one of the first states to establish a formal process to test and issue a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to qualified individuals who obtain a federal hearing exemption waiver. OOD, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) partnered to develop procedures that allow individuals who have obtained this waiver to train and test for a CDL.  

OOD, BMV and OCJS produced the above video to explain the process for deaf and hard of hearing Ohioans. The video uses American Sign Language to communicate information about the process, requirements and the steps needed to obtain a CDL. 

The truck driving industry is an in-demand occupation supporting Ohio’s economy. To find out more about an in-demand career in the trucking industry, visit OhioMeansJobs.com


OOD's job portal, called OODworks.com, allows potential consumers to learn about OOD’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and complete an online application, allowing a more streamlined process. We encourage Individuals interested in VR resources to visit www.OODWorks.com to watch a video about our services, take a brief self-assessment and apply for services online. Once the online application process is completed, the individual will be contacted by an OOD staff member in their area to schedule an appointment.


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