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National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2021

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a campaign held every October to celebrate the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities and raise awareness regarding the employment of people with disabilities. Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is leading the state’s efforts across Ohio to promote the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. Specifically, the agency hosts virtual hiring events to facilitate job interviews for OOD job seekers and employers with available positions.

“In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the theme Ohio’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion, reflects the importance of ensuring that Ohioans with disabilities have full access to employment during our economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Inclusive work environments help businesses tap an underutilized talent pool and help us ensure that we leave no one behind.”

Read the proclamation from Governor DeWine here.

“OOD is here for both Ohio businesses and individuals with disabilities,” said Kevin Miller, OOD Director. “We link Ohio’s largest pool of diverse workers to employers. Last year, we assisted nearly 5,000 individuals with disabilities in finding employment.”

During October, OOD will host virtual hiring events for OOD job seekers and employers specifically looking to hire individuals with disabilities. The virtual hiring events are for all regions of the state, providing individuals with disabilities a unique opportunity to connect one-on-one with employers. These events will provide an opportunity for more than 300 interviews for OOD job seekers with more than 50 employers.

Also, OOD will host a no-cost webinar for employers, Hiring College Graduates and Students with Disabilities, on October 20 at 10 a.m. Employers will hear about the benefits of partnering with OOD for candidate recruitment and disability etiquette resources, examples of common reasonable accommodations, and firsthand accounts from college students and recent graduates with disabilities. More information, including the link to join, can be found here.