Weekly Focus, October 9, 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

October 9, 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:

Disability Determination Exceeding Its Goals

OOD’s Division of Disability Determination (DDD) is the fifth largest Disability Determination Service (DDS) in the country and consistently a top performing DDS in their six state region. In federal fiscal year 2015, DDD raised the bar again, exceeding its goals in every category. 


The division served 191,607 Ohioans, topping its budgeted workload of 184,400 by 7,207 cases.  They also outpaced their “stretch goal” (a target beyond the budgeted workload set by the Social Security Administration (SSA) based on regional and national factors) of 189,537 and served 7,640 more people than FFY 2014.  This was all accomplished with a net accuracy of 100%!  We’ve researched SSA data, and can’t find a year when the division has sustained quality levels this high.


DDD FFY2015 numbers


Along with service and quality, DDD delivers efficiency and productivity, with one of the lowest cost-per-case ratios in the Chicago Region and one of the highest Productivity per Work Year statistics.  One incredible example of their success is the Hearings Unit, which increased productivity by 14%, while decreasing costs by 82%!


Congratulations to Erik Williamson, DDD deputy director, and all of the staff.  Your work and accomplishments stand out within our region and for the nation. Your hard work continues to be the example for others to follow.

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Cincinnati Job Fair Kicks off NDEAM

OOD kicked off National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) last Friday with a job fair in Cincinnati.  This marks the second year of our regional job fairs designed to connect job ready candidates with Ohio businesses that are hiring.


Held at the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, the job fair featured over 35 companies and as many as 250 job seekers.  The event also included an educational workshop for employers focused on recruiting a diverse workforce.


The feedback we received indicates that it was a great experience for both job seekers and employers.  Employers felt that the day was well organized and that the job seekers that participated were well prepared and qualified.  This is exactly what employers are looking for when attending a job fair.


Stacey Callos, HR Manager, Cintas:


“The OOD job fair in Cincinnati was a great experience for Cintas.  We were able to gain insights into recruiting a diverse workforce and connect with a diverse pool of job seekers who can help meet our workforce needs.  It was a rewarding and productive experience.”


Jonathan Yantek

Similarly, job seekers were impressed with the variety and quality of companies participating.  Industries represented included health care, education, home improvement, food service, engineering, logistics, telecommunications, hospitality, entertainment, logistics, banking and more.


Job seeker Jonathan Yantek (right) was impressed:


“I thought it was a really great experience. There were a lot of good companies here that I was excited to see.  I was excited to see P&G [Proctor and Gamble] here.  I’m interested in going into marketing and when I talked with them they had marketing openings. UC [University of Cincinnati] was here as well, and they had a lot of marketing openings.  So there were a lot of companies that were hiring for positions that I would be interested in.”


I would also like to recognize JobsOhio for their support of all of our regional job fairs this year.  My thanks to our staff and partners for the hard work that went into making this event a success.  Connecting job ready candidates with employers not only helps individuals with disabilities achieve quality employment and increased independence it contributes to the growth of Ohio’s economy by strengthening our workforce.


To see photos from the Cincinnati job fair please visit our Facebook photo album.


Job fairs in the Columbus, Toledo, and Cleveland areas are scheduled in the coming weeks. Look for more information on these events in future issues.

Employment First - Minnesota Visit

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Minnesota staff and partners visit OOD


Representatives from Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Developmental Disabilities, and other partners visited with us this week looking to gain a deeper understanding of the success we have achieved in our Employment First Partnership with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).  Their goal is to introduce the best practices of Ohio to the Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Program.  They are planning to replicate our model in Dakota County, Minnesota.


Key staff from both OOD and DODD met with Minnesota staff over the course of the last two days.  The visit also included trips to employer sites (Woodruff Enterprises and Scioto Downs) and the Delaware County DD board.  Thanks to our county board partners and providers in Pickaway, Madison, Clark and Delaware counties for their support during this visit.


It is exciting to see the Employment First partnership gain recognition nationally for its success and being used as a model for other states.

Job Status by County

Individuals in Job Ready Status* Statewide: 3,896


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

Job Ready Status

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

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