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Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the State of Ohio agency that partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment and independence. We also make determinations on Social Security disability.

OOD does this through three areas:

OOD works with partners in business, education and non-profit organizations to facilitate customized employment plans for Ohioans with disabilities; help Ohio companies recruit and retain employees with disabilities; and is the sole agency administering the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs in Ohio.

Draft 2016 Combined State Plan Released for Public Comment

As part of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), states are required to submit a combined workforce plan.  On January 11, 2016, Ohio released its draft of the Combined State Plan for a 30-day public comment period.  The plan aligns a number of the state’s largest workforce programs behind one strategic vision to better connect businesses to qualified workers. To view the draft plan, offer comment, or register for an upcoming public hearing to comment in person, please visit: Draft 2016 Combined State Plan.


Hiring Ohioans with Disabilities: A Toolkit for Employers, Managers and Human Resource Professionals

Integrating individuals with disabilities into the workplace can have many benefits for employers. Individuals with disabilities have proven to be dedicated, conscientious and highly productive workers when given the chance. The greatest barriers to hiring workers with disabilities are myths, fears and misunderstandings. In Ohio, the Toolkit for Employers is the best source of information for recruiting, hiring and retaining workers with disabilities. Employers can learn about best practices from some of Ohio's top employers; tax incentives for hiring workers with disabilities, and many other important information. View the Toolkit for Employers.