Weekly Focus, August 7, 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

August 7, 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:

Application to Eligibility Nearing Thirty-Day Goal!

Application to Eligibility Large

The federal benchmark for the time from when an individual with a disability applies for services to when they are given an eligibility decision is a maximum of sixty days.   In 2011, that process took an average of 129 days at OOD. As an agency, however, we made the decision to commit to not just meeting the national benchmark but to exceeding it, and set a goal of 30 days. 


Since 2011 this metric has trended downward, and was below 60 days in February 2014.  The current thirty-day average (32) and current year-to-date average (37) for application to eligibility decisions are both approaching this ambitious goal of 30 days from application to eligibility.


We are excited about the progress we have made over the last four years in moving from twice the national requirement to nearly half that time. We remain committed to continuing to work towards successfully meeting our goal.  Making decisions in a timely manner makes a real impact on those we serve as it means access to services and ultimately quality employment and independence.

2015 YLF Group
Studetns and Volunteers enjoy YLF

2015 Youth Leadership Forum

This year’s Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) wrapped up last night at the Embassy Suites Hotel (Airport) here in Columbus.  YLF, a five-day leadership training program for 11th and 12th grade high school students with disabilities, is designed to develop the next generation of community leaders.  Forty-five students attended the event, with support from OOD, the Ohio Department of  Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS), and the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities (GCPD).



YLF attendees learn about a variety of topics: choosing a career, the history of disability as a culture, the latest technology and resources available, and strategies for self and systems advocacy.  At YLF students are introduced to professionals with disabilities and have the opportunity to develop their own “Personal Leadership Plan” to be used to reach goals in education, employment and in their local community.



The annual event also features a tour of The Ohio Statehouse and a discussion of public policy and advocacy with state legislators.  This year State Senator David Burke (R., Marysville) and State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) offered their perspective on the legislative process and effective advocacy, and answered questions from the students.


YLF Has Love by Antonio Hysell


I look and look, I see nothing but love.

These wonderful people respect me, and love me for who I am!

There’s so much love in these hallways, it makes my heart so warm.

I don’t know how they do it, but their love got to me!

I’ve seen so many hugs and friendships.

Now these nice people here are my friends too!

It has allowed me to have inspiration within myself!

It has allowed me to find peace within myself too.

Happiness is as rich as rich can get.

Who needs money when talking to my new friends is worth every cent!

The staff was so nice to me, they welcomed me in!

They are here because they love us, they volunteer!

My eyes are wide open. 

I finally know what love is!

I can’t help but to tear up, I never seen real love like this.

So many big hearts that match with mine! 

They show you that they care, their hearts aren’t confined!

YLF has changed me; 

It has turned me into an even more lovable person then what I am!

I love you all! 

Stay loving my friends!

Antonio Hysell, a junior who attends the Hearing Impaired Program at Upper Arlington High School through the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, wrote and performed the above poem at YLF.

Job Ready Status by County

Individuals in Job Ready Status* Statewide: 3,877

(For larger map and county details please click here)

Job Ready Status by County

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

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