Kevin L. Miller is the Director of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). The state agency empowers Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence.
Under his leadership, the agency achieved compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s audit findings; implemented a standardized fee schedule for services; created a division within the agency that is focused on building business partnerships to promote the hiring of people with disabilities; renamed and rebranded the agency, formerly known as Rehabilitation Services Commission (RSC); and more importantly, eliminated the waiting list by releasing more than 17,000 individuals waiting for services.
Director Miller’s commitment to Ohioans with disabilities resonates throughout the entire agency. In response to COVID-19, OOD immediately reacted to ensure Ohioans with disabilities had the supports they needed to continue their path to employment and independence, placing nearly 5,000 individuals into jobs in the first year of the pandemic. During his tenure, OOD has developed new initiatives, including Ohio College2Careers, OOD Jobs for Recovery, the Ohio Vocational Apprentice Program, and the Employment First Partnership.
One of his career highlights includes drafting legislation that led to the passage of H.B. 115, the communications disability law, making it possible to alert law enforcement officers that drivers or passengers of a vehicle may have difficulty communicating during traffic stops.
Reappointed by Governor Mike DeWine in January 2019, Director Miller has 28 years of state service, most of them in senior-level leadership (COO & CEO) at various state agencies. As a father of a son diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Director Miller believes strongly in being active in organizations and advocacy groups. He is a member of the National Autism Society, Autism Speaks, and the Association of Ohio Commodores, and is past President of the Mark J. Youngpeter Memorial Scholarship Fund. Miller is a former member of the West Jefferson City Council.
Director Miller has a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Dominican University and a Master’s degree from The Ohio State University.