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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.

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.

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





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.

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To request information or public records, visit Public Records Request

OOD's job portal, called, 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 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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