OOD helps students with disabilities successfully transition from school to work. Transition teams work together to develop activities and experiences designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to reach their postsecondary goals.
OOD’s goal for successful transition includes planning for, finding and keeping a job prior to exit from high school.
After employment counselors conduct follow-up activities to make sure employment is sustainable.
The following documents provide information about OOD Transition services, eligibility for services, multi-agency transition planning, and guidance on timing of referrals for students with disabilities:
Completing an Application is as Easy as 1, 2, 3
- Identify a student
- A student's SSN and parent/guardian signature will be needed to open a case.
- Download an application for services
- Download and complete an application, or talk with an OOD liaison to assist with the application process. To learn who is assigned to your school or area, call 800-282-4536.
- Send application with records securely to the designated email or fax assigned to your county (see map below). Speed up the eligibility process by attaching one or more of the most recently signed:
- School records (e.g., ETR, IEP, 504)
- County board records (e.g., C/OEDI, ISP, C/FED)
- Other medical records and or evaluations (e.g., psychological evaluation, audiogram)
While OOD can take an application at any time, coordination of transition services is most effective when applications are received as early as possible in the school year.
OOD offers Ohio College2Careers at 15 public colleges and universities in Ohio to ensure students with disabilities have the support they need to complete their degree and/or credential, earn higher wages, and meet the demands of tomorrow’s labor market. These counselors are located within the disability services offices at colleges to assist students with disabilities with additional supports:
- Career exploration & counseling
- Assistive technology
- Resume and interview preparation
- Internships & permanent employment
- Assistance navigating OhioMeansJobs resources
- Connection to an expansive employer partner network
Am I Eligible?
Visit your disability services office on campus and meet with an Ohio College2Career Counselor to find out if you are eligible for services. OOD serves individuals with physical, intellectual, sensory, and mental health disabilities. If you do not see your school listed below, OOD may still be able to support you to attain and maintain employment. Please visit www.OODWorks.com to explore vocational rehabilitation, take a self-assessment, and apply for services.
Locations and Contacts
A fact sheet on Ohio College2Careers is available.
Keep up with what's happening with Ohio College2Careers on social media. Search "@OhioC2C" on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Quotes of Support from Presidents of Colleges and Universities
"Central Ohio Technical College is proud of the many services and resources we provide our students on their journey to earning a degree and/or certificate. Ohio College2Careers adds an additional layer of support for our students with disabilities. The OOD counselor we have on-site helps with everything from career counseling to placement services. She works with our students to make sure they are making progress toward their employment goals.”
John M. Berry, Ph.D.
President, Central Ohio Technical College
"We are thrilled to be part of Ohio College2Careers. The ability for OOD to work with our team, so that students can access a multitude of resources, will help students get to the next step of their lives and careers.”
David Harrison, Ph.D.
Columbus State Community College
Lorain County Community College applauds Governor DeWine’s investment to establish Ohio as a disability inclusion state and model employer of individuals with disabilities. As the community’s college, we believe in helping all individuals achieve their fullest potential and are absolutely delighted to be part of Ohio College2Careers. Partnering with ODD, we will be able to significantly enhance the resources available to help our more than 600 students with disabilities to thrive in learning, careers and in all aspects of life. The ability to have an ODD vocational rehabilitation counselor on-site in our office of Accessibility Services will add to the base of support already in place at LCCC and provide the added targeted help they need to finish a credential or degree that leads to meaningful employment.”
Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D.
President, Lorain County Community College
"The ability for our students with disabilities to succeed is top of mind. It’s refreshing to have the OOD counselor come on campus, embrace what we’re doing for students with disabilities, and bring the career aspect. We couldn’t be more delighted to be part of Ohio College2Careers.”
Gregory P. Crawford, Ph.D.
President, Miami University
"Stark State College has already experienced the synergies and benefits of the Ohio College2Careers partnership. It has been educational for our faculty and staff to align the various obstacles our students face with the extensive services of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. Student success is our number one focus and this partnership is another means for us to holistically support our students in their college and career goals.”
Para M. Jones, Ph.D.
President, Stark State College
"Ohio College2Careers connects students with resources that enrich their academic experience and builds bridges to lasting professional success. We are proud to partner with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to support this important program and expand pathways to an accessible and excellent college education for all."
Michael V. Drake, MD
President, The Ohio State University
"Ohio University has made a strong commitment to provide an accessible educational environment that supports all students as they pursue their academic goals. We have recently partnered with OOD to offer the Ohio College2Careers program on our campus. This extra level of support will help students with disabilities navigate their college experience as they prepare for a satisfying and successful professional future.”
M. Duane Nellis, Ph.D.
President, The Ohio University
"The University of Akron is pleased to partner with OOD and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine through Ohio College2Careers. This program will enhance the current support UA provides to students with disabilities by expanding the services available to them as they transition to the work place – whether that’s through co-op placement, internships or career after graduation. I want to thank Governor DeWine for this investment in our students.”
Gary L. Miller
President, The University of Akron
"The University of Toledo is excited to be hosting a College2Careers counselor on our campus. This insures that the approximately 1,000 students on our campus that access our Student Disability Services now have additional in-person support from an Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.”
Sharon L. Graber
President, The University of Toledo
"The University of Cincinnati welcomes the partnership of OOD and Ohio Governor DeWine to help our students succeed through Ohio College2Careers. We are grateful for this assistance in ensuring that our students with disabilities complete their degrees and transition into thriving careers.”
Neville G. Pinto, Ph.D.
President, University of Cincinnati
"Providing affordable inclusive and accessible opportunities for students with disabilities is a core value for Wright State. We are pleased to be part of OOD and the Ohio Department of Higher Education's College2Careers program and know our 850 in-state disabled student scholars will benefit from the enhanced supports and services helping prepare and place them into the workforce. Much like our Raiders on the Autism Spectrum Excelling program and our Personal Attendant Station for students with physical disabilities, the College2Careers program provides opportunities for our students that are rarely found in higher education."
Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D.
President, Wright State University
“We are excited to collaborate with OOD by supporting the Ohio College2Careers program on our campus. Youngstown State University has over 500 students registered with our Disability Service Office that will benefit from the partnership by having the ease of meeting with the embedded counselor in a location that is convenient and well known. This partnership will remove barriers and empower our students to seek employment that is aligned with their education and skills. Thank you for providing such an incredible opportunity for our students with disabilities.”
James P. Tressel
President, Youngstown State University
Youth Leadership Forum
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) may look a little different this summer. Our focus this year will be on the regional daytime YLF events. Regional YLF events allow for a more nimble and local response to future guidance and orders from state officials. The Regional YLF events are contracted with the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council and do not have an overnight component but follow all the same YLF principals. They are scheduled in the following areas: Canton, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo.
As we get updated information related to COVID-19, we want you to know OOD is committed to ensuring youth with disabilities continue to have opportunities to engage, stay connected, and develop their self-advocacy and leadership skills. Therefore, we are working together with our partners to offer regional YLF events in an alternative format in the event they are unable to take place in person.
We will keep everyone updated with future plans but strongly encourage you to continue to send applications for regional YLF events. For more information, please visit http://www.ohiosilc.org/youth-leadership-forum/ or contact Christina Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 614-809-1513. If you submitted an application for the statewide YLF, your application will automatically be forwarded to the YLF site coordinator in the region closest to you. They will contact you directly to discuss the event and your interest in participation. Thank you for your interest in YLF!
Mentors Reflect on 2017 YLF Video
Are You a High School Junior or Senior with a Disability and Interested in Self-Advocacy & Leadership Development?
At the Youth Leadership Forum You Will:
- Learn about choosing a career
- Learn about up-to-date available resources and assistive technology
- Identify existing barriers to personal and professional success and develop plans to overcome those barriers
- Interact with professionals with disabilities who serve as mentors and role models
- Develop a Personal Leadership Plan, which includes specific action steps to follow when you return to your community
- Gain the power to reach your goals in education, employment and community leadership
- Spend five days with peers developing a social network
For more information contact:
Donna Foster/Program Administrator/YLF
400 East Campus View Blvd., #3BV
Columbus, Ohio 43235-4604
Pre-Employment Transition Services
Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) are intended to help students with disabilities, as early as age 14, who could benefit from an early start in exploring career interests. The five services include: Job Exploration Counseling; Work-Based Learning; Counseling on Post-Secondary Opportunities; Workplace Readiness Training; and Instruction in Self-Advocacy. These services are contracted with VR providers and are brief, typically up to 8 hours.
How Do I Get Started with Pre-Employment Transition Services?
Pre-ETS are available for students who have an open VR case or who are potentially eligible for services.
If a student with a disability wants to open a VR case, they can download an application for VR services by clicking this link to the Students 14+ tab. For these students and any student with a disability who has an open VR case, referral for Pre-ETS services may be made through their assigned VR counselor or coordinator. In either situation do not complete the Request for Pre-ETS form.
If a student with a disability does not want to open a VR case at this time, they are considered potentially eligible and may participate in Pre-ETS. School staff must complete and send the Request for Pre-ETS Form along with documentation of the student’s disability to OOD by fax 614-985-8435 or by e-mail email@example.com.
To learn more about Pre-ETS services, please review the below resources:
Ohio Transition Support Partnership
The Ohio Transition Support Partnership (OTSP) is designed to help students with disabilities, beginning at age 14, gain the skills they need to prepare for in-demand careers.
OTSP, a partnership between OOD and the Ohio Department of Education, connects students with vocational rehabilitation counselors who provide individualized transition services:
- Career exploration
- Work-based learning experiences
- Counseling on post-secondary education
- Paid work experiences
- Job coaching & retention
As an active participant of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team meetings, the vocational rehabilitation counselor helps with earlier career preparation and coordination with the school and others agencies supporting the student.
For more information, please contact Julie Hance, Supported Employment and Transition Supervisor, at Julie.Hance@ood.ohio.gov or 614-781-8724.
Project SEARCH e-News and Information
As a multi-agency collaborative, Project SEARCH involves several entities, including Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), the Ohio Department of Education, local education agencies, county boards of developmental disabilities, business partners and providers. Over the past several months, OOD and the Department of Education have taken on a more active role in the statewide coordination of Project SEARCH. This increased involvement was initiated by Project SEARCH National to align the state of Ohio with other states where Project SEARCH programs exist. This means that OOD and the Department of Education are working collaboratively to: plan and coordinate quarterly Project SEARCH meetings; ensure OOD participation in transition planning and IEP meetings; develop tools to assist students and families in making informed decisions about services; and be involved in decisions regarding the development of new programs. To that end, OOD and the Department of Education would like to share the following information with all partners. For more information, go to the resource page for Project SEARCH e-News and Information.
Transition Resource Links
You may obtain all the OOD related documents (i.e policy, procedures, forms and fact sheets) under number series 80-VR-11-15 .