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Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities 

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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'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.

 

OOD Helps Students with Disabilities Transition from School to Work

Students with disabilities who have a job at the time of exit from school are 5.1 times more likely to be engaged in post-secondary employment and education. For more information, visit Transition Students.

Employers: Check Out OOD’s 5 Videos on How to Recruit & Hire Individuals with Disabilities

OOD has produced a series of five short videos as a resource to recruit and educate Ohio employers in the hiring and inclusion of individuals with disabilities. The videos highlight the benefits of partnering with OOD including workforce and financial resources, disability awareness training opportunities, recruitment and retention of individuals with disabilities and valuable employer peer-to-peer networking opportunities through the Ohio Business Leadership Network. Please see our other four videos on YouTube.

Improving Interactions Between Law Enforcement Officers & People with Communication Disabilities

Governor Kasich signs House Bill 115 into law

A bill that will help improve the interactions between law enforcement officers and individuals with communication disabilities was signed by Governor John Kasich on May 2, 2018.

Anyone with a diagnosed communication disability can voluntarily enroll in a database that connects to the LEADS (Law Enforcement Agencies Data System). An officer can then be made aware that the driver, or a person in the vehicle, may have difficulty communicating with the officer. The initiative will help avoid a situation that could become harmful to an individual with a communication disability or an officer.

OOD is working with our partners to develop a form on our website so that individuals can take it to their licensed medical practitioner, who can validate that the individual does have a communication disability. The information will be protected by the state firewall and is not public. Individuals will also have the option to opt out of the database at any point.

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