Weekly Focus, June 26, 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

June 26, 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:

Biennial Budget Update

New Day Ohio

Ohio’s biennial budget process is nearing the finish line with just a handful of days left until the end of the fiscal year.  The Conference Committee report on the budget bill, HB 64, was adopted in the early morning hours on Thursday after a late night session.  The Senate adopted the Conference version later in the day (Thursday) and the House did the same earlier today.  The legislation now moves on to Governor John Kasich for his signature.  The bill must be signed by midnight on June 30.


Throughout this process OOD’s priority items have remained unchanged and we are excited about the positive changes that will result.  Look for a full report on the impact of the budget once the process is complete.  Remember, you can receive regular updates on OOD news and information on specific topics by subscribing, or updating your subscription preferences, to our email alerts (click here to do so).


Employment First Partnership Highlighted at National Conference

APSE Employment First
Stacy Collins, DODD, and Julie Hance, OOD, presenting at the APSE conference this week


Julie Hance and Stacy Collins, agency leads for the Employment First partnership, attended the 2015 Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) National Conference this week in Philadelphia to make a presentation on the partnership between OOD the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).  Ohio’s model is being recognized nationally for its success. In fact, representatives from another state are exploring how they might bring staff in to repeat the presentation in their state and discuss how to replicate Ohio’s model.

ABLE Braille Literacy
Participants discuss ways to increase Braille and Literacy Instruction in Ohio

Statewide Forum on ABLE Braille and Literacy Instruction


Staff from vision service centers and Adult Basic Literacy and Education (ABLE) from around the state convened today at OOD to hear a combined presentation from the Cleveland Sight Center and Cuyahoga Community College. The topic at hand involves nuts and bolts of adult instruction for those working towards a G.E.D., as well as those learning Braille and assistive technology.  Increasing literacy in the blind and low-vision community is a critical factor for gaining jobs and self-confidence. It takes a partnership of educators, low-vision specialists and volunteers to make it work, the Cleveland presenters emphasized. Brainstorming after the presentation encompassed questions and ideas on how to collaborate toward such potential projects in other areas of the state. 

Consumer Advisory Committee Members Needed


If you are a former consumer and are interested in giving back, and would like to be a member of the Consumer Advisory Committee, please contact Shirley Marchi at 614-438-1477 or e-mail at shirley.marchi@ood.ohio.gov to get more information or visit OOD’s website at http://www.ood.ohio.gov/About-Us/Consumer-Advisory-Committee

Job Ready Status by County

Individuals in Job Ready Status* Statewide: 3,944


(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.

Note: There will be no Weekly Focus next Friday, July 3, due to the holiday. The Focus will return on July 10.

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