Weekly Focus October 7, 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

October 7, 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 Ready Candidates Connect with Employers at Cincinnati Job Fair

Cincinnati Job Fair participants


Matching qualified candidates with employers is what Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is all about. OOD kicked off National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with a job fair in Cincinnati this week. This event featured 251 OOD job seekers with disabilities interacting with ­­­48 area employers looking to fill vacant positions.


OOD’s regional job fairs provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to connect with employers. The job fairs also raise awareness with employers about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities by providing Windmills educational workshops to help Ohio businesses recruit a diverse workforce.


Director Miller with Anne at Cincy Job Fair 2016
Nineteen-year-old Anne, a recent high school graduate, was greeted by OOD Director Kevin Miller.


For job ready candidates, making personal connections with employers at the job fairs has a big impact.


Chris, a job seeker from Cincinnati, was excited to see so many possible job opportunities, but was especially pleased with CVS. “I was offered a pharmacy technician position at a CVS in Cincinnati on the spot!” said Chris.


Chris CVS employees at Cincy Job Fair 2016
Chris with CVS employees Carla Hawkins and Winnie Jeffrey.


Employers thought the day was well organized and job seekers were prepared and qualified. 


Cintas employees at Cincy Job Fair 2016
Cintas employees Matt Birkenhauer, Faiza Askari and Stacey Callos.


Cintas employee Faiza Askari said, “There are a lot of interested people who are very involved and engaged. Everybody is well prepared to look for a job.”


This team of Cintas Human Resources employees frequently participate in job fairs and were surprised that for the first time, they ran out of flyers. "These people really came here to find jobs," said Stacey Callos.


Thanks to JobsOhio for their support and to our staff who worked hard to make this event a success.


This year, National Disability Employment Awareness Month's (NDEAM) theme is #InclusionWorks. To get more information on NDEAM, #InclusionWorks and OOD's job fairs, follow us on social media by visiting twitter.com/OhioOOD/ and facebook.com/OhioOODStay tuned for highlights on next week's Cleveland job fair.


For more information on how OOD is promoting NDEAM, click here ood.ohio.gov/NDEAM.pdf

Job Ready Status Map

OOD’s job ready status map was developed to show the number of individuals with disabilities in each county who are served by OOD and are ready for employment. The map is one of many tools OOD uses to provide information to employers who are seeking employment candidates in their area.


In addition, a list of the number of job ready participants by county is provided as an accessibility feature for individuals who are visually impaired and may not be able to view the map. To see the job ready status map, click here www.ood.ohio.gov/Job-Ready-Status-Map.

Division of Disability Determination Finishes Year by Exceeding Goals

OOD’s Division of Disability Determination (DDD) ended Federal Fiscal Year 2016 by exceeding many of their production goals for the year. Remaining a top performing state in the six state Chicago Region of the Social Security Administration, Ohio produced 201,783 medical disability determinations for Ohioans. That number of determinations represents the largest total in the region and is an increase of more than 10,000 medical determinations from the previous year for Ohio’s DDD.


It is also important to note that in addition to serving these Ohioans, Ohio DDD adjudicators achieved an accuracy rate of 96.5 percent and maintained the lowest cost per case in the region, which was 5 percent lower than last year’s rate. Ohio DDD is the fifth largest disability determination service in the country and is consistently a top performing state in the region.

New Procurement Process

In an effort to improve the state purchasing process to make it more efficient, simpler and less costly, OOD recently sent staff to participate in the Next Generation eProcurement initiative at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS). This state initiative is a LeanOhio directed Kaizen event and is meant to transform procurement in Ohio.


Kaizen is the Japanese term meaning to break apart or change. Kaizen events reduce waste, increase efficiency, save money and increase customer satisfaction. OOD will continue to work with DAS to develop the future state of the Next Generation eProcurement process.

Columbus Day

In observance of Columbus Day, OOD offices will be closed on Monday, October 10th. 

Did You Know? October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, which celebrates people with Down syndrome for their abilities and accomplishments. For more information, visit www.ndss.org.

OOD By the Numbers

Vocational Rehabilitation

                                                               Current                     FFY2017


Individuals in Job Ready Status:            2,972                           136

(For county level information

& map visit our website)


Individuals Employed:                             2,370                              94

(Employed, not yet

successfully closed)


Successful Closures:                                                                   153

(Employed for over 90 days,

case closed successfully)


Disability Determination

(FFY2016 as of 09/30/2016 – Week 53)


Applications Received:                                                          200,018


Determinations:                                                                       201,783


Productivity Per Work Year (PPWY)                                             366.5

(Total number of cases processed divided

by the number of work years funded) 

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