Weekly Focus - September 25, 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

September 25, 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:

Achieving Our Goals Means Employment for More Ohioans

For each federal fiscal year (FFY), OOD sets specific goals for four key areas in the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program: applications, eligibilities, plans written, and successful closures.  Applications lead to eligibility which leads to individualized employment plans and ultimately to successful case closures.  Quality employment is the end goal and each of these steps is important to that end.


Therefore, when we set goals for the upcoming year for VR, we not only focus on being realistic but we also want to challenge ourselves to do better and to build on the success of the previous year.  We understand that these numbers reflect lives impacted and careers that have begun.  The more Ohioans we can reach, the more plans we can write, means more employment and independence for individuals with disabilities.


As this FFY comes to a close, I am excited to report that the VR program has achieved its goals in all four of these critical areas!  We exceeded the number of applicants, the number of eligibility decisions, the number of plans written, and the number of individuals who achieved a successful employment outcome.


I want to say thank you to our staff and local partners for their hard work and dedication in reaching these goals.  We set challenging goals and you stepped up and exceeded them.


I am excited about building on this success to achieve even more in the next FFY.


Prevent Fall 2015 Central Office
Central Office staff participate in 10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls

10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls

Wednesday, September 23rd was National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.  OOD staff was happy to participate in this national campaign to raise awareness that falling is not a normal part of aging, by taking part in 10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls.


As part of this statewide initiative, Bonnie K. Burman, director of the Ohio Department of Aging, challenged all Ohioans who care for or serve individuals who are unable to walk on their own, to participate in on their behalf.  OOD took up this challenge for the individuals we serve.


OOD staff from across the state participated on Wednesday’s walk, with other offices joining in on Thursday.  It was great to join with community organizations, and other state agencies, to raise awareness for this important issue. 


For more information please visit the Department of Aging’s Steady U website at http://aging.ohio.gov/steadyu/.


Dayton Prevent Falls
Dayton staff participate in 10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls

Job Status by County

Individuals in Job Ready Status* Statewide: 3,913


(For larger map and county details please visit our website)

Job Status by County

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


In last week’s Weekly Focus a photo was inadvertently captioned incorrectly.  The photo with Director Miller and Dr. Robert Baer included David Hoff not Dr. David Test.  We apologize for the error.

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