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Executive Summary

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), Division of Employer and Innovation Services (EIS), produced this 2018 Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) to assess the vocational rehabilitation (VR) service needs of individuals related to six primary disability categories. These disabilities include visual impairments, hearing impairments, communicative impairments, physical impairments, psychosocial impairments and cognitive impairments. Data was collected from various sources and used to illustrate OOD’s ability to meet the demand for VR services. This methodology focuses on the extent to which OOD was serving prospective job seekers with disabilities, and OOD’s balance in serving the cross-section of individuals with disabilities who are seeking employment.

To address priorities established by the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), OOD approached its 2018 CSNA with an increased focus on identifying service needs of students with disabilities and employer partners, and an analysis of 10-year industry growth projections throughout Ohio. The CSNA culminates in a series of recommendations designed to address gaps, enhance services, increase employer engagement, and guide program development and expansion over the next few years. A summary evaluation of the progress made on the nine recommendations from the 2015 CSNA is also included. Enhancements to the 2018 CSNA include:

  • Published web-based interactive maps that the public can use to understand OOD’s ability to serve prospective job seekers with disabilities and the balance with which OOD is serving individuals across all disability categories.


  • Availability of OOD’s services for students with disabilities, including pre-employment transition services, considering geographic distribution and types of work experiences.


  • Identification of industry growth opportunities to inform VR Counselors and participants when selecting vocational goals with the greatest potential for success.


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