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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.

 

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 2017 State of the State event at Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky recognizing Great Wolf Lodge and other Erie County employers for hiring individuals with disabilities. See full screen mode viewing on YouTube.

 

 

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OODWorks.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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