Weekly Focus October 14, 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 14, 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:

New OODWorks.com Webpage Helps Individuals with Disabilities Apply for Services

OOD launched a new job portal this week called OODworks.com. The site allows potential consumers to learn about OOD’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and complete an online application, allowing a more streamlined process.


Individuals who are interested in VR resources are encouraged to visit www.OODWorks.com where they can watch a video about our services, take a brief self-assessment and apply for services right online. In an effort to reduce roadblocks for many who could benefit from VR services, such as transportation, OODWorks.com can help a person start the process without having to visit an office.


The OODWorks video addresses the key qualifying components. It states, “Do you have a disability that makes it hard to get or keep a job? Do you want to work but don’t know where to start? Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities can help! OOD helps people with all types of disabilities who are ready to work, find and keep a job.”


Once the individual completes the online application, the individual will be contacted by an OOD staff member in their area to schedule an appointment. VR services involve deciding if a person is eligible for services, setting an employment goal, putting the goal into a plan, and getting the necessary job services and training.


If you are an individual with a disability, want to work and are willing to commit to the process, the next step is yours! Visit www.OODWorks.com to get started.


Cleveland Job Fair: A Success for Job Ready Candidates

Cleveland Job Fair


OOD held its Cleveland Job Fair yesterday to highlight and celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). It was a great opportunity for job ready candidates to meet with local employers who are hiring. The job fair featured 242 OOD job seekers with disabilities and 42 area employers.


The employers represented a wide range of industries from health care and manufacturing to banking and entertainment. Participating companies included Fastenal, Giant Eagle Market District Get Go, The Ritz–Carlton, FedEx Ground, Fifth Third Bank, GameStop, Huntington, Renhill Group and many more.


OOD continues to receive positive feedback from both job seekers and employers about the job fairs.


Job seekers were excited about connecting with these great employers. A job seeker from Cleveland, Eric (pictured below) said, "There are so many job opportunities at the job fair. I'm applying for a food preparer position."


Cleveland Job Fair


Bob (pictured below, center) with his interpreter talks with Sarah from Key Bank about a maintenance position.


Bob Cleveland Job Fair


State Senator Tom Patton (pictured below, left) joined OOD Executive Director Kevin Miller and Assistant Executive Director Bill Bishilany at yesterday's job fair.


"Job fairs like this are absolutely necessary in order to offer a chance to work for our disabled community, who already overcome so many challenges.  I'm very proud of OOD's efforts to accomplish this task," said State Senator Patton.

Cleveland Job Fair


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/OhioOOD. Stay tuned for highlights on next week's Toledo job fair.


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


How OOD's Business Sourcing Analysts Can Help Your Business

OOD’S Business Sourcing Analysts (BSA) work throughout the state to raise awareness about OOD to employers and to educate them on the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. The BSAs look for job opportunities that match OOD’s job seekers’ skill sets and experience. They provide services and resources to promote an inclusive and diverse work environment, such as free disability inclusion training to employers.


If you are an employer looking to diversify and strengthen your workforce through inclusion of people with disabilities, visit www.ood.ohio.gov/Employers/BSA.

White Cane Day

The President of the United States annually recognizes White Cane Day by the Blind Americans Equality Day Proclamation on October 15th to acknowledge the abilities of people who are blind and to promote equal opportunities. The mission of White Can Day is to educate the world about blindness and how individuals who are blind and visually impaired can work and live independently, while giving back to their communities. It also celebrates their abilities and the successes they achieve in a sighted world and honors the many contributions they have made. For more information, visit www.whitecaneday.

Did You Know? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. For more information, visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org.

Pink Ribbon

OOD By the Numbers

Vocational Rehabilitation

                                                               Current                     FFY2017


Individuals in Job Ready Status:            2,960                           195

(For county level information

&map visit our website)


Individuals Employed:                             2,370                            166

(Employed, not yet

successfully closed)


Successful Closures:                                                                    229

(Employed for over 90 days,

case closed successfully)


Disability Determination

(FFY2017 as of 10/7/2016 – Week 1)


Applications Received:                                                             3,605


Determinations:                                                                         2,751


Productivity Per Work Year (PPWY)                                           261.5

(Total number of cases processed divided

by the number of work years funded)