Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) formerly known as the Rehabilitation Service Commission (RSC) was established in 1970 as the agency in Ohio designated to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services under the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Since inception, OOD has assisted more than 335,000 individuals with disabilities find employment.
OOD's mission is to partner with Ohioans with disabilities to assist them in achieving greater community participation through opportunities for employment and independence. Strategic partnerships are designed to maximize federal, state, and local resources to promote quality jobs and to improve access to employment services and consumer choice in selecting community-based rehabilitation services.
Core Programs of OOD consist of:
The Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) aids people with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities;
The Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) assists people who are blind or have visual impairments and manages the Business Enterprise (BE) Program, which provides people who are legally blind with employment opportunities as managers and operators of food service facilities, often in government buildings and at roadside rest stops.
The Division for Disability Determination (DDD), by agreement with the Social Security Administration (SSA), is responsible for determining the medical eligibility of Ohioans seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This division is 100 percent fully funded by the federal government.