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2013 DisAbility Jobs Summit

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities hosted the second annual Ohio DisAbility Jobs Summit on October 8-9, 2013. With more than 800 people in attendance, the Columbus Convention Center was filled with people looking to learn, connect and build partnerships. 

OOD Joins Governor John Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor 
in Presenting Employer Awards

The opening session of this year’s DisAbility Jobs Summit was geared toward recognizing the work Ohio employers have undertaken in the past year to hire individuals with disabilities. There is a movement sweeping across Ohio that has employers taking notice that individuals with disabilities make great employees. While this notion is nothing new to us, we welcome those who are stepping out and taking an active role in changing the discussion in Ohio from “hiring individuals with disabilities is the nice thing to do” to “let’s utilize this untapped labor market.”

Receiving recognition certificates from Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor were companies from across Ohio who differentiated themselves from their peers when it comes to hiring individuals with disabilities:

• Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
• Giant Eagle
• The Kroger Company
• University Hospitals
• Walmart

Congratulations on this accomplishment and thank you for your unwavering support of employing individuals with disabilities and for making this a conscious part of your workforce development plan.

2013 OOD Partnership Awards

OOD Executive Director Kevin Miller presented several groups and individuals with the inaugural OOD Partnership Award. This award recognizes outstanding partnership service and dedication to individuals/organizations with disabilities. OOD was honored to present the following with awards that recognizes the work they have done to support OOD and individuals with disabilities:

• Eric Duffy, National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
• Bridget Gargan, Ohio Association of County Boards
• Cheri Walter, Ohio Association of Behavioral Health Authorities
• Ohio Association of Goodwill Industries
• Project SEARCH

OOD places tremendous value on all of our partnerships and all that you do to advance the employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and we appreciate the on-going dialogue as we move forward.

 Special Thanks

OOD would like to thank all of the businesses, exhibitors, advertisers and sponsors who helped make the DisAbility Jobs Summit a success!

Ohio Business Leadership Network
Holly Antos, American Electric Power
Christina Armstrong, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Kiley Clark, Cardinal Health
John Coburn, Walmart Transportation
John Rencher, Walmart Transportation
Suzanne Durst, Ohio University
Jeff Dykhuis, Walgreens
Jeanne Farmer, Manpower
Heath Boucher, Manpower
Mike Gartner, Procter & Gamble
Jeffrey Hammonds, Battelle
Daniel Hansen, Ohio Association of Food Banks
Tammie Hansen, Trinity Health
Fanchon Kent, Time Warner Cable
Steven Melfi, General Electric Lighting
Chris Moranda, OhioHealth
Mitch Morgan, Fifth Third Bank
Rusty Orben, CSX
Betsy Root, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Jackie Stevens, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Janice Smith, Ohio School Boards Association
Lenore Winfrey, Ohio School Boards Association
Toby Weir, Lowe’s
Bob Young, Lowe’s
Vern Brown, UPS
Suzanne Tollerud, representing a private foundation
Leslie Wilson, Wilson Resources, Inc.

Exhibitors
Able Life Graphic Design and T-Shirt Sales
Capabilities
Community Fund Management Foundation
County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board - Community Employment Services
Freedom Scientific
Goodwill Columbus
Greenleaf Job Services Training, Inc.
Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence
Ohio Department of Administrative Services
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Ohio Rehabilitation Association
Universal Low Vision Aids
Your Management Team

Exhibitors/Advertisers
Abilities in Action
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Disability Rights Ohio
Food for Good Thoughts
Mentoring Individuals with Disabilities
Relay Ohio/CapTel
Step by Step, Inc.
Vocational Guidance Services
Vocational Services Unlimited

Advertisers
Hadley School for the Blind
The Workshops

Sponsors
ViaQuest
Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
Ready 2 Work
Ohio Goodwill Industries
Functional Training Services, Inc.