Weekly Focus - May 13, 2016

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 13, 2016

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:

Job Seekers & Employers Connect in Dayton

Dayton Job Fair Crowd 05122016


One hundred and fifty job seekers and over 35 employers met at the Wright State University Student Union yesterday, as part of an OOD sponsored job fair and employer showcase.  The event was another opportunity for job seekers working with OOD, to connect with employers looking for qualified applicants to meet their workforce needs.


The event started with an Employer Showcase, a half-hour introductory workshop that allowed six participating Job Fair employers from various industries, the opportunity to highlight their respective companies to job candidates.  They were allotted 4 minutes each to present “Insider Tips”, on what they look for in job seekers.  They discussed what buzzwords and catchwords they like to hear during an interview, open positions they were hiring for, and skills they screen for on resumes.  Approximately 96 job seekers attended this portion of the day and both employers and job seekers alike, remarked on the value of that presentation.


Dragon Rasic

The job fair followed the employer showcase and offered job seekers and employers the chance to interact.  Job seeker Dragon Rasic (right) was excited about the opportunity to connect with so many companies in one place:


“I visited a bunch of companies today: Emerson, Lexis-Nexis, Crown and a few others.  They were very open to seeing people with disabilities, communicating with them and explaining what career fields they had available.”


The range of companies and industries was impressive.  Companies participating were involved in everything from retail, technology and government, to construction, communications and banking.


Tonya Robinson was also impressed with the companies that participated:


“They were very courteous and very diligent in making sure everybody was accommodated.  They made sure to let you know you could pursue any position or job that was of interest.  I was particularly interested in Emerson because of their technology, and the background needed for their technical positions.  There were also several positions at Wright Patterson Air Force Base that I found interesting and so I applied.”


Thanks to all of the employers who participated.  I also want to say thanks to the OOD staff who worked so hard to make this event a success.


OACB 2016 Spring Conference

OACB 2016

The Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB) Serving People with Developmental Disabilities, held their 2016 Spring Conference this week at the Easton Hilton.  I had the privilege of participating in the Opening Plenary session yesterday and give an update on our work here at OOD.


Director John Martin, from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) also gave an update.  Keynote speaker, Larry Johnson, offered insights on how to create more caring, compassionate environments by breaking down the separation between people served and those who provide services.


Thanks again to OACB for the invitation.  I look forward to our continued partnership in better serving Ohioans with disabilities.


Disability Claims Adjudicator Recruitment Efforts Seeing Results

DCA Open House 05042016
Jaime McVay (Professional Relations Officer) and Mary Beatty (Supervisor) welcome visitors to the May 4 DCA Open House


In an effort to improve recruitment and onboarding of new Disability Claims Adjudicators (DCA), the Division of Disability Determination (DDD) staff has been working with Human Resources (HR) and the Office of Communications.


With the Social Security Administration granting DDD the authority to hire 80 new staff members this year, we have taken a team approach to attract potential qualified applicants.  DDD’s Professional Relations Officers have teamed up with our adjudicators to recruit on campuses and universities across Ohio and have joined with HR staff at job fairs to get the word out about these openings.  OOD’s Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC) have sought out consumers whose job goals match the DCA position as well. 


Several open house events took place that allowed potential applicants to tour the building and ask questions, as well as apply and test for the position on the same day.  The last Open House will take place May 14th from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at 400 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235.


Disability Claims Adjudicators process medical claims for disability benefits and review medical information to determine whether a claimant meets the definition of disability according the Social Security Administration’s listings.  As we continue to seek qualified candidates, please encourage those interested in the position to visit the online portal through the state of Ohio at www.careers.ohio.gov   for the job posting and additional information.  If you know of anyone interested in becoming a Disability Claims Adjudicator, please invite them to the open house to learn more and to apply.  

Did you know? Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month.  Did you know that?

  • Approximately 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss;
  • More than half of the people with hearing loss are younger than age 65;
  • Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and can negatively impact your social and emotional well-being and ultimately decrease your quality of life;
  • Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States.

For more information visit: http://www.howsyourhearing.org/


Better Hearing and Speech Month

OOD by the Numbers

Vocational Rehabilitation


                                                               Current                     FFY2016


Individuals in Job Ready Status:        3,391                          4,265

(For county level information

& map visit our website)


Individuals Employed:                          1,929                         4,020

(Employed, not yet

successfully closed)


Successful Closures:                                                              4,146

(Employed for over 90 days,

case closed successfully)


Disability Determination

(FFY2016 as of 04/29/2016 – Week 31)


Applications Received:                                                            122,174


Determinations:                                                                        124,259


Productivity Per Work Year (PPWY)                                       377

(Total number of cases processed divided

by the number of work years funded)

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