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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I have an employee who has become disabled. How can OOD help me so I can retain this person?
A.  A rehabilitation professional will assist you and your employee in determining the appropriate type of accommodation so that the person can stay on the job.

Q. What types of disabilities might OOD applicants have?
A. People served by OOD can have any type of disability - physical, mental or emotional - that limits their ability to get or keep a job. OOD's services reduce the impact that a disability has on employment

Q. Who refers applicants to OOD?
A. People are referred to OOD by a variety of sources such as physicians, friends, relatives, rehabilitation facilities, the Social Security Administration and employers. OOD also welcomes self-referrals.

Q. Will my insurance rates increase if I hire a person with a disability?
A. Neither insurance rates nor workers' compensation rates rise when you hire an employee who has a disability. However, some specific disabilities may fall under a pre-existing condition clause and might not be covered by some insurers.

Q. If I spend time to train an individual with a disability, will that person stay?
A. Absentee rates for employees with disabilities are lower than for other workers. Approximately 80 percent of the individuals served by OOD are still on the job after one year.

Q. Will it cost more to hire someone with a disability?
A. Most workers with disabilities need few or no accommodations, the majority of which cost less than $50. Only 10 percent of all accommodations are more than $500. OOD may be able to help with some of the cost and provide technical assistance.

Q. What kinds of jobs are suitable for employees with disabilities?
A. People with disabilities can perform almost any type of job - from unskilled labor to technical and professional duties. OOD provides assessment, career counseling, rehabilitation and job training for a full range of occupations. We also counsel people to choose careers in which their disability won't restrict job performance.

Q. How do I determine the individual's wages?
A. Establish the person's pay based on the same wage scale that you use for any other employee doing the same job.