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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 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. 

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.  

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.