The Weekly Focus (May 29, 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 29, 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:

Transitioning to Success

Jerrid Flour - Giant Eagle

As another school year comes to a close, it is a great time to remember the importance of early career planning and discussion for students.  My work here at OOD, and my experience as a father of a son with autism, has convinced me of the importance of early and realistic conversations about education and employment; this applies to both individuals with disabilities and those that do not have a disability.


Thankfully, policies at the state and national level have recognized this and are moving to emphasize reaching young people at an earlier age to get them thinking about their education and career path.


The success stories we see here at OOD reflect this reality as well.  Jennifer Coleman, Community Inclusion Manager at the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities, recently highlighted a great example in Jerrid Fluor.


Jerrid Fluor, a graduate of Jonathan Alder High School and Tolles Career and Technical Center, was the first graduating senior that received Bridges to Transition services through OOD, and local providers, and went on to gain employment in Madison County.


Not surprisingly, Jerrid’s journey began by exploring his career interests while still in high school.  While receiving vocational guidance and counseling provided by his transition team (Jackie Hines, OOD Bridges Coordinator, Patrick Kilbane, Madison County Transition Specialist, other Board of DD staff, teachers, and family) he had the benefit of summer employment services which helped him to build skills and focus on his interests.  By the time of his graduation he had discovered that he enjoyed working with people in retail settings and had gained both the hard and soft skills necessary to achieve his goal of community employment.


Jerrid achieved that goal when he secured a job as a Courtesy Clerk at the Rome-Hilliard Road Giant Eagle.  After nearly eight months on the job, it is clear the role is a good fit.  The work, collecting shopping carts, keeping the front of the store clear, and greeting customers, allows him the opportunity to be around people and help others, which is just what he loves to do.


Jerrid’s job coach, Kim Smythe of Capabilities, commented on his work skills: “Jerrid is a dependable worker who takes pride in his work and works very hard to meet Giant Eagles standards.”  Jennifer Coleman could tell the job was the right one after watching Jerrid at work: “You can tell that he enjoys his job as his smile is what every customer sees when they enter the store and on their way out too!”


It is gratifying to see someone set a goal and work hard to achieve it; and to see a team come together to provide the support and guidance needed to achieve success. 


Congratulations to Jerrid on his successful employment and to the Bridges team for a job well done.

Increasing Opportunities

Our focus on data driven metrics, and efficient and effective service, continues to reap benefits for individuals with disabilities in Ohio.  Our vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs are serving more individuals as compared to this time last year.  We have seen an overall increase of nearly 5% or 1,008 individuals (including Employment First and other partnerships) and a 9% increase in individuals being served in our traditional in-house VR programs.  This is great news; especially since we have a little more than a quarter remaining in the federal fiscal year.


Thank you to our staff and partners for the great work you are doing.  Reaching more people means more opportunities for quality employment and increased independence for thousands of Ohioans. 

2015 Operation Feed Meets Goal

2015 Opperation Feed

OOD is once again participating in the Operation Feed Campaign, helping Ohio’s Food Banks build a hunger-free and healthier community. One in six Ohioans is food insecure and don't know where their next meal is coming from. It could be your coworker, friend, or neighbor. Many struggling families have to choose between paying for housing, utilities or medical expenses and putting food on the table.


At the start of the campaign, the agency set a goal of raising $4,027.50 or 16,110 meals.  Thanks to the dedication and generosity of staff, who volunteered their time and money, we have already exceeded that goal after four weeks.  The campaign has raised $3,882.43 and collected 1,030.41 pounds of food which is equal to just over 16,560 meals!


I am proud of the way the staff has responded to this challenge and embraced the opportunity to help those in need.  The generosity and compassion of our staff is a critical part of our success and Operation Feed is another example.  I look forward to what can be accomplished in the final two weeks of the campaign.


Opperation Feed

Job Ready Status by County

Individuals in Job Ready Status* Statewide: 3,872

(For larger map and county details please click here)


Job Ready Status by County 5.29.15


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

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