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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.

VR Fee Schedule Public Forums Rescheduled

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities has rescheduled the public forums to discuss the proposed changes to the VR Fee Schedule.  Public Consulting Group (PCG) is working on finalizing their report and OOD wants to ensure that providers have sufficient time to review the information prior to the forums. 

We have had several  providers ask about the option of calling in, regrettably that will not be an option as most of the sites are in the community and will not be held at an OOD Office.

If you need a reasonable accommodation please contact james.gears@ood.ohio.gov by Wednesday, April 20TH and provide a brief description of your requested accommodation.

The new dates, times and locations for the forums are as follows:

April 26, 2016 - Tuesday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Sandusky County Job Store

2511 Countryside Drive

Fremont, Ohio 43420


April 27, 2016 - Wednesday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Lakewood Public Library

15425 Detroit Avenue

Lakewood, OH 44107


May 3, 2016 - Tuesday

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Cincinnati/Hamilton County Community Action Agency

1740 Langdon Farm Road

Cincinnati, Ohio 45237


May 4, 2016 - Wednesday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Montgomery County OMJ

1111 South Edwin C. Moses Blvd.

Dayton, Ohio 45422


May 5, 2016 - Thursday

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

OOD Central Office

150 E. Campus View Blvd., 3rd Fl.

Columbus, Ohio 43235


May 5, 2016 - Thursday

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Athens Public Library

30 Home Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

State of the State - Marietta, Ohio

The above pictures represent events that took place on April 6, 2016 at the State of the State in Marietta, Ohio. OOD staff provided training to employers on the Employer Toolkit and on Disability Awareness at Washington State Community College (WSCC). OOD recognized WSCC for their outstanding partnership and for hiring people with disabilities. Staff visited Dave Cunningham, a Business Enterprise (BE) Operator and the newly designed BE vending machines. Staff then met with transition youth students at The Career Center High School. OOD and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities recognized Kroger Store #776 for their commitment to hiring people with disabilities through the Employment First Partnership. Later that evening, Governor John Kasich's State of the State address was held at the Peoples Bank Theatre.      

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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.  



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