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Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Council

The purpose of the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Council is to provide feedback to OOD on its Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) and Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) programs.

The Council consists of 15 members. The makeup of the Council follows criteria established by the federal government, including that a majority of the members on the Council have a disability. Other seats on the Council include an individual who has applied for or received vocational rehabilitation services; an individual who represents community rehabilitation program service providers; and an individual who represents an organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with physical, cognitive, sensory or mental disabilities. Members are appointed by the Governor.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Council Members:

  • Shauna L. Dowdy (Portsmouth)
  • Jane E. Gerhardt (Cincinnati)
  • Margie Hegg (Upper Arlington)
  • Carlo LoParo (Dublin)
  • Kevin L. Miller (Columbus)
  • John L. Moore (Dublin)
  • Jeremy Morris (Reynoldsburg)
  • Carolyn Peters, PhD, MSW (Dayton)
  • Matthew J. Sauer, PhD (Cincinnati)
  • JW Smith, PhD (Athens)
  • Karis L. Spence (Delaware)

OOD Council Meeting August 14, 2019 Photo of members