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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, independence and Social Security disability determination outcomes.

It is accomplished through its Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) and Division of Disability Determination (DDD). A fourth area is the Division of Employer and Innovation Services (EIS), which is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships with employers.


2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a campaign held in October to raise awareness on employment issues for people with disabilities and celebrates the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is America’s Workforce: Empowering All. OOD is leading the state’s efforts across Ohio to promote the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. OOD is hosting job fairs designed to connect OOD job seekers with employers and recognizing employers who are committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce. “OOD is committed to engaging and educating Ohio businesses on the benefits of recruiting, hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities” -  Director Kevin Miller  

OOD's job portal, called, allows potential consumers to learn about OOD’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and complete an online application, allowing a more streamlined process. We encourage Individuals interested in VR resources to visit to watch a video about our services, take a brief self-assessment and apply for services online. Once the online application process is completed, the individual will be contacted by an OOD staff member in their area to schedule an appointment.


OOD Helps Students with Disabilities Transition from School to Work

Students with disabilities who have a job at the time of exit from school are 5.1 times more likely to be engaged in post-secondary employment and education. For more information, visit Transition Students.

Employers: Check Out OOD’s 5 Videos on How to Recruit & Hire Individuals with Disabilities

OOD has produced a series of five short videos as a resource to recruit and educate Ohio employers in the hiring and inclusion of individuals with disabilities. The videos highlight the benefits of partnering with OOD including workforce and financial resources, disability awareness training opportunities, recruitment and retention of individuals with disabilities and valuable employer peer-to-peer networking opportunities through the Ohio Business Leadership Network. Please see our other four videos on YouTube.

Improving Interactions Between Law Enforcement Officers & People with Communication Disabilities

Governor Kasich signs House Bill 115 into law

A bill that helps improve the interactions between law enforcement officers and individuals with communication disabilities was signed by Governor John Kasich on May 2, 2018.

Anyone with a diagnosed communication disability can voluntarily enroll in a database that connects to the LEADS (Law Enforcement Agencies Data System). An officer can then be made aware that the driver, or a person in the vehicle, may have difficulty communicating with the officer. The initiative will help avoid a situation that could become harmful to an individual with a communication disability or an officer.

Individuals can complete a Verification Form and take the completed form to their licensed medical practitioner, who can validate that the individual does have a communication disability. The information will be protected by the state firewall and is not public. Individuals will also have the option to opt out of the database at any point. For more information, visit Communication Disability Law.

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