Weekly Focus, May 15, 2015

An update and information report for doctors who provide consultative exams for OOD’s Division of Disability Determination
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Kevin L. Miller, Executive Director

May 15, 2015

The mission of the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency is to ensure individuals with disabilities achieve quality employment, independence and disability determination outcomes.

What's Inside:

Wheelersburg Open House

Wheelersburg Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Kevin Miller, Executive Director; Mark Fay, SW Area Manager; Mary Armstead, VR Supervisor; and David Hayden, Porter Township Trustee, cutting the ribbon at the new Wheelersburg office


The Wheelersburg regional office held an Open House this week to formally celebrate the move from Portsmouth to their new location. Neighbors, community partners, and local officials stopped by to tour the facilities and Porter Township Trustee David Hayden was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony.


Thanks to the staff in Wheelersburg, and in central office, for the hard work that went into making the move a success.  It was great to see the results of their hard work in person and talk with staff about the work they are doing in the community.  I also appreciated the opportunity to talk with our partners in the community about how we can work together to better serve individuals with disabilities.



Wheelersburg Staff Ribbon Cutting
Wheelersburg staff celebrate the opening of the new office


If you haven't already, be sure to update your contacts with the new Wheelersburg address:


8940 Ohio River Road

Wheelersburg, OH 45694



Vision and Hearing Loss Resources

OOD has gathered local, state and national information of use to counselors and participants with vision, hearing or combined sensory loss. This information can be found on OOD's webpage.

  • Vision and Hearing Resources: http://ood.ohio.gov/Core-Services/BSVI/Vision-and-Hearing-Resourcesprimarily contains Internet links and other information on general resources, advocacy groups, media and communications access, hearing aid assistance, learning resources and other information useful for deafness, blindness and deaf/blind community members. This is a Word document accessible to screen reader users.

  • Deaf Ohio Resources: http://ood.ohio.gov/Programs/Community-Centers-for-the-Deaf/Deaf-Ohio-Resources, compiles a wealth of local resources gathered by combining information from the Community Centers for the Deaf (CCDs) around Ohio.  Resources on advocacy organizations, communication methods, Deaf culture, education, health, technology, and other relevant areas are all in a searchable Excel document.

We encourage you to use and share these documents, which will be examined periodically to reflect needed changes and updates.

Ohio Fiscal Academy

Robin Gorham Ohio Fiscal Academy
Robin Gorham receives her certificate from OBM Director Tim Keen


Robin Gorham, Budget Analyst II, recently graduated from the Ohio Fiscal Academy (OFA), a one year program that provides operational, theoretical, and hands-on experience for the State of Ohio’s public financial professionals.  OFA participants earn the designation of “Certified Ohio Fiscal Professional” by the Office of Budget and Management.


Robin appreciated the opportunity the OFA provided:


“Participating in OFA gave me the opportunity to network and learn from a broad range of people in various fiscal capacities from all different agencies.  Legislators, Chief Financial Officers, and Directors came discussed, listened, and worked with participants to uncover potential solutions to fiscal challenges.  Participating certainly gave me a more extensive view of public finance.” 


Congratulations Robin and thanks for your continued dedication to public service.


Employer Showcase & Job Fair

Dayton Employer Showcase & Job Fair


Yesterday, OOD hosted an Employer Showcase and Job Fair in Dayton at Goodwill Easters Seals Miami Valley.  Twelve employers were on hand and over 140 job seekers participated in the event.  For more photos from the event check out the photo album on our Facebook page.


Job Ready Status by County

Individuals in Job Ready Status* Statewide: 3,894

(For larger map and county details please click here)


Job Ready Status Map


*Job Ready Status: received Vocational Rehabilitation services and are ready and seeking employment.

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