Weekly Focus - September 30, 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

September 30, 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:

National Disability Employment Awareness Month



Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place in October and is set aside by Congress. It is meant to educate the community about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year, NDEAM’s theme is #InclusionWorks.


Throughout October, OOD will be involved in a variety of activities to highlight disability employment and celebrate the vast contributions of Ohio’s workers with disabilities. This will include our third annual series of regional job fairs and the business recognition Opportunity Awards, as well as highlighting success stories of individuals with disabilities and employers who are making positive differences.


OOD encourages employers, families and individuals to learn more about how OOD can help individuals with disabilities find and keep a job by visiting www.ood.ohio.gov.


Champion of Opportunity Awards Announced


OOD has announced the recipients of the Opportunity Awards for 2016. The companies receiving these honors are recognized for their commitment and leadership in integrating individuals with disabilities into Ohio’s workforce.


The awards recognize companies at various levels, including those who have just begun to recruit and hire individuals with disabilities to those with a proven track record of integrating individuals with disabilities into their workforce.


OOD’s highest award level, the Champion of Opportunity Award, honors companies that have gone above and beyond in their commitment to provide quality employment opportunities and increase independence for individuals with disabilities.


This year’s Champion of Opportunity Award recipients are:

  •  CVS Health – In the northeast Ohio region, CVS Health created a pilot program to assist individuals with disabilities in learning needed job skills.
  • Huntington Bank – Based in Columbus in the southeast region, Huntington Bank spends time getting to know job candidates, so they can better advocate for them during the hiring process.
  • Meijer – In the southwest Ohio region, Meijer has face-to-face contact with potential applicants and gives them tours of their facilities. This helps to provide quality vocational guidance for every candidate.
  • Sauder Woodworking Company – Located in Archbold in the northwest region, Sauder Woodworking Company works with OOD on accommodations, including the splitting of full-time positons into part-time positions.

The Committed to Opportunity Award is being given to 10 companies with a proven commitment to integrating individuals with disabilities into their workforce. An additional 40 businesses are recipients of the Creating Opportunity Award that recognizes them for recently hiring individuals with disabilities.


For more information about OOD's Champion of Opportunity Awards visit www.ood.ohio.gov/Employers/Opportunity-Awards.


Team Effort Pays Off for Consumer and Store

Until last year, Jeb McFarlin was working part-time in a cleaning position where he felt he was underutilized and the work environment was becoming more difficult. To assist him, the Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities in conjunction with OOD, began a job-seeking partnership. His goal was to find a job where he could financially support himself and his wife. His planning team included an OOD counselor, staff at the county board, his wife, mother, mother-in-law and home providers. With support from Ability Works, he began his training. After registering with OhioMeansJobs, he applied for various positions with the assistance of his support team.


After several months of job searching, McFarlin was hired for a janitorial position at Menards. He started as a part-time employee and was offered a full-time position within a few weeks. Along with training from the employer, his job coach provided support before and after his shift. As potential issues came up, he was able to seek out advice and assistance from his job coach. Menards worked with him to resolve issues and ensure that he remains a valued member of their company.


Thanks to a team effort, McFarlin has a job he enjoys and is able to provide for his family without government assistance and Menards has an employee who is dependable and hard working.


For more information about OOD services visit ood.ohio.gov



Did You Know? The Buying Power of People with Disabilities


An important point OOD’s Business Engagement team relays to businesses is the buying power and customer loyalty of people with disabilities. Additionally, being inclusive of people with disabilities has a positive impact on the bottom line.


A new study by Nielsen, titled Reaching Prevalent, Diverse Consumers with Disabilities, was recently introduced at the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) conference. The research reinforces the buying power and purchasing trends of people with disabilities. Conclusions drawn from data in the report reveals the categories and amounts of products people with disabilities tend to purchase.


Consumers with disabilities, including their families, friends and associates represent a trillion dollar market segment. Fifty-four million Americans with disabilities make up the third largest market behind the baby boomers and mature market.


Given those numbers, combined with 92 percent of the American public who view companies that hire people with disabilities favorably, OOD continues to partner with more businesses and inform them of the benefits that come with inclusive hiring and working with OOD. For more information about the OHBLN visit www.ohiobln.org.


Sources: US Census Bureau, US Department of Labor, Market Research.com, Nielsen Study: Reaching Prevalent, Diverse Consumers with Disabilities


OOD By the Numbers

Vocational Rehabilitation

                                                               Current                     FFY2016


Individuals in Job Ready Status:            2,967                        6,404

(For county level information

& map visit our website)


Individuals Employed:                             2,451                        6,924

(Employed, not yet

successfully closed)


Successful Closures:                                                                6,486

(Employed for over 90 days,

case closed successfully)


Disability Determination

(FFY2016 as of 09/23/2016 – Week 52)


Applications Received:                                                          196,066


Determinations:                                                                      198,172


Productivity Per Work Year (PPWY)                                             367.4

(Total number of cases processed divided

by the number of work years funded)

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