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No, inclusion in the database is voluntary. 

Apply through Ohio's career portal: State of Ohio Career Opportunities.

Ohioans can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). This can be done in one of three ways:

NOTE: Applications must be submitted through SSA. Please do not submit disability benefits applications to OOD Division of Disability Determination (DDD).

The first step in securing services from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is to complete an application for services. After the application is completed, an interview will follow to help determine eligibility. For more information, continue to Vocational Rehabilitation.

To be eligible for the Youth Leadership Forum, students must:

  • Have a disability;
  • Be in the 11th or 12th grade as of December 31, 2019;
  • Have demonstrated leadership potential in school and the community;
  • Reside in Ohio;
  • Willing to be referred to Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to be eligible for services.

Student applicants must mail, e-mail or FAX the completed application packet no later than March 31, 2020. Applicants will receive an e-mail confirming their application materials were received.  Please include an e-mail contact if you have one.

Semi-finalists will be selected and contacted by telephone or e-mail to arrange a personal interview. The interviews will be conducted by a selection committee and will take place in April/May at sites throughout Ohio.


No, you do not have to disclose personal medical information. However, a medical provider must sign your communication disability verification form to acknowledge that you have a medically diagnosed condition. 

It is up to your physician, psychiatrist or psychologist to determine if the diagnosis can create a communication impairment when deciding to sign the verification form. 

When attempting to contact OOD, there are many options depending upon your question. The following are a few contact areas based upon your need:

Administrative Offices
150 E. Campus View Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43235
1-800-282-4536 or (614) 438-1200

Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR)
The Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) helps Ohioans with physical, mental and emotional disabilities through programs designed to help them find meaningful work or retain their career.  Click here to locate the BVR Regional Office closest to you.

Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI)
The Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) helps Ohioans with low vision and blindness through programs designed to help them find meaningful work or retain their career. Click here to locate the BSVI Regional Office closest to you.

Division of Disability Determination (DDD)
The Division of Disability Determination (DDD), in agreement with the Social Security Administration (SSA), determines medical eligibility for Ohioans who apply for Social Security disability benefits.  Click here to apply for benefits.

By regular mail to:
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Attn: Remittance/DPU
P.O. Box 16521
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6521

By electronic mail to:

Completed verification forms can also be dropped off in-person at any
Deputy Registrar/Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles locations. 

You establish the employee’s wages based on the same wage scale you use for any employee who is performing the same job.

You may download the verification form from the OOD Website and ask your physician to sign it.

You will receive a confirmation receipt sent to the email address you provide on your verification form.

If pulled over, police officers will be notified that you have a communication disability when they enter your license plate number into their computer system. 

The person can apply for vocational rehabilitation services by visiting OODWorks.com. OOD’s Worksite Accessibility Specialist can also assist you, as the employer, with your worksite accessibility questions and needs.

Absentee rates for employees with disabilities are lower than for other employees. Approximately 80% of the people served by OOD are still on the job after one year.

No, information in the database is not a public record.

A new form will be required anytime a new license plate number is added or removed from the original form.

The individual with the disability, who rides with providers or third party, would need to complete the form, have it validated, and then list those license plate numbers (as many as needed) for vehicles in which they ride.  

People receiving OOD services can have any type of disability (e.g. physical, mental, or emotional) which limits their ability to obtain or retain employment. OOD’s services can reduce the impact that a disability has on a person’s employment.

People with disabilities can perform almost any type of job – from unskilled labor to technical and professional jobs. OOD can provide assessments, career counseling and job training for a full range of occupations. OOD also counsels people to choose careers in which their disability will not restrict job performance and success.

People are referred to OOD by a variety of sources, such as doctors, friends, relatives, rehabilitation facilities, the Social Security Administration and employers. OOD also welcomes self-referrals.

Most employees with a disability need few or no accommodations. The majority of accommodations cost less than $50 and only 10% of all accommodations cost more than $500. OOD may be able to help with some of those costs, as well as provide technical assistance.

Neither insurance rates nor workers’ compensation rates rise when you hire an employee who has a disability. However, some specific disabilities may fall under a pre-existing condition clause and might not be covered by some insurers.

No, police officers will not have that information about you. They will only know that the person who has registered, or someone who frequently travels in the vehicle has a communication disability.