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2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a campaign held in October to raise awareness on employment issues for people with disabilities and celebrates the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

How OOD Can Help Meet Your Workforce Needs

Christopher has a computer science degree. Yet, he applied to nearly 600 positions without much success—that was until a California Department of Rehabilitation vocational rehabilitation counselor helped him connect with Microsoft’s Autism Hiring Program.

NDEAM 2018 | “America’s Workforce: Empowering All”

OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration proudly supports numerous programs relevant to National Disability Employment Awareness Month



As a result of the recommendations of Governor John Kasich's Workforce Integration Task Force, Ohio was one of the first states to establish a formal process to test and issue a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to qualified individuals who obtain a federal hearing exemption waiver. OOD, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) partnered to develop procedures that allow individuals who have obtained this waiver to train and test for a CDL.  

OOD, BMV and OCJS produced the above video to explain the process for deaf and hard of hearing Ohioans. The video uses American Sign Language to communicate information about the process, requirements and the steps needed to obtain a CDL. 

The truck driving industry is an in-demand occupation supporting Ohio’s economy. To find out more about an in-demand career in the trucking industry, visit