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OOD Works Podcast

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Join Kim Jump, Chief of Communications for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), as she interviews unique individuals who discovered OOD Works! Find the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts, or download MP3 files and/or transcripts on this page.


Gabriella Drago seated with Freesia, her service dog, at Kendal of Granville

Episode 10: Gabriella Drago knew she wanted to be a music therapist in the tenth grade. After finishing her degree at Baldwin Wallace University, Gabriella became a board-certified music therapist. She explains her recent transition from college graduate to Director of Life Enrichment at Kendal of Granville. Download MP3. Download transcript. Published 1-16-20.


Floyd, Rich, and Ann Poruban

Episode 9: The Poruban Nursery was born out of a passion for horticulture, bleak job prospects, and determination. Floyd Poruban established the business more than 55 years ago. He was the first person who is legally blind to be admitted to and graduate from a science program at The Ohio State University (OSU) where earned a bachelor's degree in horticulture and a master's degree in plant pathology. He is a 2019 recipient of OSU's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. Download MP3. Download transcript. Published 12-19-19.


Law enforcement officer smiling at the window of a car with a woman in driver's seat

Episode 8: OOD Director Kevin Miller discusses the communication disability law. Any individual with a medically diagnosed communication disability, who drives or regularly has someone with a communication disability in their vehicle, can voluntarily enroll in a database that connects to the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS). The law enforcement officer can then be made aware that the driver or a person in the vehicle may have difficulty communicating and can approach the vehicle with awareness to reduce any potential misunderstandings or problems. Download MP3. Download transcript. Published 11-21-19.


Samantha Meissner outdoors with Cogsworth, who was placed as a behavior disruption service dog

Episode 7: Samantha Meissner grew up believing that she was different from everyone else. She was bullied at school. At age 17, she began receiving services from an OOD counselor. Today, Samantha is a thriving third-year student at Wright State University and secretary of 4 Paws for Ability WSU. Part 2 of the podcast features Ohio College2Careers. Download MP3. Download transcript. Published 11-7-19.


Scott left at his home and his book cover for Head Strong

Episode 6: Scott Fedor discusses how his life changed in an instant in 2009 when he dove into a lake and broke his neck. Fedor shares his story and philosophy for living in his new book, Head Strong: How a Broken Neck Strengthened My Spirit. Download MP3. Download transcript. Published 10-24-19.


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Episode 5: Jeremy Shapira, Inclusion and Diversity Strategy Manager for Giant Eagle, and Kristen Ballinger, Deputy Director of OOD’s Division of Employer and Innovation Services, discuss the partnership between OOD and Giant Eagle. Download MP3. Download transcript. Published 10-10-19.


Dr. jw Smith and Dr. Carolyn Peters standing together, smiling

Episode 4: Dr. Carolyn Peters, chair of the OOD Council,  and Dr. jw Smith, vice chair, discuss their personal journeys, talk about their involvement with OOD, and reflect on overcoming challenges. Download MP3. Download transcript. Published 9-26-19.


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Episode 3: What happens when a focused job seeker is backed with incredible support? Listen as Paul Bogdan, a 22-year-old with a passion for photography, talks about his unique journey. He’s joined by Kathy Crudele, his aunt, and Justin Deuel, Employment Supervisor with Positive Community Connections. Download MP3. Download transcript. Published 9-12-19.


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Episode 2: Brianne Riffle and Wes Fisher, co-chairs of the 2019 Youth Leadership Forum, talk about their experience as former delegates, how participation shaped their identities, and why they choose to pay it forward. Download MP3. Download transcript. Published 8-22-19.


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Episode 1: OOD Director Kevin Miller breaks down Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s budget for OOD for fiscal years 2020-2021. He reveals new patterns of service for individuals with disabilities, and he shares what drives his passion for this work. Download MP3. Download transcript. Published 8-8-19.


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Trailer of OOD Works, the Podcast: Download MP3. Download transcript. Published 7-18-19.