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Your Business is Our Priority

What We Do

  • Link Ohio’s largest pool of diverse workers to employers;
  • Create a culture for a diverse workforce through customizable disability awareness training;
  • Streamline on boarding by helping employers find qualified job seekers;
  • Increase worker retention by offering enhanced follow-up after placement;
  • Provide resources and information about the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and tax incentives.

Helping to Keep Your Workforce on the Job

We understand the high costs and lost productivity associated with replacing or retraining your workforce. A collaborative effort with OOD can help keep valued employees on the job while increasing their performance and productivity.

What We Do

  • Connect eligible individuals with free vocational rehabilitation counseling that can keep them on the job despite the onset or progression of a disability;
  • Provide access to vocational rehabilitation services that allow workers to address their disability and restore or even increase their productivity;
  • Facilitate access to services that will help Federal Contractors meet their Section 503 requirements.

If you are interested in any of the above resources for your business needs, please contact Jon Hackathorn, Business Relations Manager, at jon.hackathorn@ood.ohio.gov or 614-438-1259.

Tax Credits

It is a win-win situation for your business when you hire employees with disabilities. You hire dependable and dedicated individuals and also save money through several attractive financial benefits.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

An employer is eligible for this credit for hiring individuals from any disability category; up to $2,400 for the first year of employment. This is a one-time incentive per individual hired.

Barrier Removal Tax Credit

This is an annual credit available for each year that an employer removes a physical, structural or transportation barrier (must own the facility or vehicle); up to $15,000 per tax year.

Disabled Access Tax Credit

Similar to the Barrier Removal Tax Credit, this credit also incorporates removal of communication barriers (interpreters, reader, taped text, JAWS, or other visual adaptive technology) to acquire or modify equipment and is up to $5,000. Additionally, there is a separate incentive for small business that is up to $10,500.

More information is available from the IRS: Tax Benefits for Businesses Who Have Employees with Disabilities