Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) houses the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR). This is the program that provides individuals with disabilities the services and support necessary to help them attain and maintain employment. Disabilities may include either physical, intellectual, mental health, or sensory disabilities. Vocational rehabilitation (VR) services are customized for each individual through assessments and one-on-one meetings with professional VR counselors. VR services are available in all 88 counties and include:
- Evaluation and treatment of an individual's disability;
- Information and referral services;
- Vocational counseling and training;
- Job search and job placement assistance;
- Educational guidance (tuition resources and other support);
- Transportation services;
- Occupational tools and equipment; and
- Personal attendant services (reader, interpreter, etc.).
Individuals with disabilities are eligible for these services if they are determined that VR services are essential in order for the individual to obtain and retain employment. In Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2012, more than 22,000 individuals received services through the state's VR Program, and 3,500 obtained employment.
Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Regional Offices
Staff are available at OOD offices located throughout the state of Ohio to assist individuals with disabilities. Staff and counselors at these local offices can assist individuals with disabilities determine if they qualify to receive services from OOD. Click on the link above to access a map to locate the office closest to your location.