Weekly Focus October 21, 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 21, 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:

Huntington Bank Presented with OOD's Champion of Opportunity Award

Huntington Bank Champion
OOD Executive Director Kevin Miller (right) presents Huntington Bank President Steve Steinour (left) and Huntington Customer Service Representative Richard Smith with the 2016 OOD Champion of Opportunity Award. Smith, with assistance from OOD, found employment at Huntington.


OOD recognized Huntington Bank on Monday as a Champion of Opportunity Award winner for their commitment to hiring individuals with disabilities.


The Champion of Opportunity Award honors companies that have gone “above and beyond” in their commitment and who serve as statewide examples of what it means to provide quality employment opportunities and increased independence for individuals with disabilities. This award represents the highest award that OOD presents to the business community.


At the award presentation, OOD Executive Director Kevin Miller said, “Huntington is a great organization and a great partner. Huntington has forged a path within their organization that says this is important to our culture."  


In accepting the award, Huntington CEO Steve Steinour said, “Huntington has a purposeful commitment of going above and beyond in all our endeavors. Our bank will continue to remove obstacles and enhance employment procedures, with the goals of maximizing hiring opportunities for well qualified individuals with disabilities.” He also discussed how OOD is a great partner in bringing talented individuals to Huntington’s attention and he will continue to grow Huntington’s diversity and inclusion operations.  


OOD assisted Richard Smith in finding employment. "This honor means a great deal to me and my fellow employees," said Smith. "Huntington is an organization that places action behind its guiding principles. Our bank consistently demonstrates determination to remove barriers in hiring of colleagues with disabilities.”


Our sincere congratulations to Huntington Bank on receiving this award and for their commitment to integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce. For more information about OOD's Opportunity Awards, visit ood.ohio.gov/Employers/Opportunity-Awards.

OOD's Toledo Job Fair: Job Ready Candidates Meet with Northwest Businesses

miller & DVS Director Toledo Job Fair
OOD Executive Director Kevin Miller (middle), Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director ChipTansill (left) greet veteran Terry Drennan at the job fair.


OOD held its Toledo job fair this week to highlight and celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). OOD job ready candidates met with local employers who are hiring. The job fair featured 105 OOD job seekers with disabilities and 39 area employers.


Employers participating in the job fair included Sauder Woodworking Co., CVS Pharmacy, MartizCX, Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center, Teledyne Turbine Engines, Speedway, Kroger, Hyland, Libbey, Primerica and many others.


crowd at Toledo Job Fair


Excited job seekers connected with great employers to discuss potential job opportunities. Stephen, a job seeker from Oak Harbor, said he is seeking an IT position. He was pleased to find several companies that are hiring for those types of jobs.


Stella, a former day care worker who is looking for a new job said, "This event was fabulous. There are lots of opportunities and lots of businesses who are hiring people. It is very encouraging."  


Employers were also happy to meet people who are interested in jobs and discuss opportunities they have open. Wa-el Nasser of Renhill HR on Demand said, "I am happy to try and connect people with our open positions. I play a small part in the process, but sourcing candidates for the right fit makes all the difference."


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


OOD’s next job fair will be held in Columbus on November 1st.  For more information about OOD, visit www.ood.ohio.gov.

Governor's Council on People with Disabilities Present Annual Awards

Chuck Beatty a long time GCPD member and advocate for people with disabilities was honored posthumously with GCPD’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Chuck passed away earlier this year. Pictured above: Chuck’s wife Judi accepts the award, along with her grandson (far left), son and daughter. GCPD Chair Matt Sauer (far right) and GCPD member Marshall Kimmel (center) show their support.


The Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities (GCPD) held its annual awards ceremony on Tuesday in the Statehouse Atrium, recognizing those who have made significant contributions to the disability community in Ohio in 2016.  


Award Recipients Include:


Advocacy Award

Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP)

Amanda Tipkemper

Randall Howard


Accessible Medical Services Award

Stanley and Diana Deimling


Accessible Parking / Law Enforcement Award

Joe Browning, Sheriff, Gallia County Sheriff's Department


Employer of the Year

Cincinnati Marriott Northeast

Kinetic Vision


Karla Lortz Scholarship

Michael Reiner


Legislator of the Year    

State Representative Anne Gonzales

State Senator Bill Beagle            


Maureen Fitzgerald Leadership Award

Dawn Barnett

Alice Ely Chapman

John Langenderfer


Non-Profit Best Practices Award

The Blick Center                 


Lifetime Achievement Award

Chuck Beatty (posthumously)


Also at the GCPD annual awards ceremony, Business Enterprise Operator Ken Shipman was recognized for 50 years of service as a business enterprise licensed operator.


Ken Shipman
Ken Shipman, in partnership with his wife, celebrate his 50th anniversary as a business enterprise licensed operator. Pictured above: Ken’s wife Debbie (left), OOD BSVI Deputy Director Mindy Duncan (second left), OOD Business Enterprise Program Manager Christy Hauck and Business Enterprise Operator Ken Shipman.

Cane Ticks and Dog Licks at Awareness Day

White Cane Day
Vicky Prahin (left) and Katie Fredrick (center) from the American Council of the Blind of Ohio, along with OOD’s Elizabeth Sammons were at the White Cane Safety Day event..


During White Cane Safety Day, white cane users, guide dog owners and representatives from Goodwill and Pilot Dogs gathered outside the Statehouse to demonstrate how individuals who are blind or visually impaired navigate their surroundings. The date of October 15th is set aside annually to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the importance of the white cane as a tool of independence.


"Canes and guide dogs are like Pepsi and Coke,” says OOD employee and white cane-user Elizabeth Sammons. “Usually if you are blind, you like one of them, but not both. It’s just lifestyle and personal preference.”


Under Ohio law, dogs and canes have equal treatment. According to the Ohio Driver’s Manual: People who are blind are the only pedestrians authorized by law to carry white canes (or white canes with red tips). State Law 4511.47 provides that the blind carrying such canes, as well as those with guide dogs, are to be given the right-of-way by every driver. For more information on White Cane Safety Day, go to nfb.org/white-cane-safety-day.


Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities’ Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) provides individuals with low vision and blindness, services and supports necessary to help them attain and maintain employment. For more information on BSVI, go to www.ood.ohio.gov/Core-Services/BSVI.

Did You Know? The ABC Speechless Comedy Actor has Cerebral Palsy

ABC Speechless Comedy


The ABC television network airs a comedy about a family with a child who has special needs. Speechless centers its comedy on Jimmy and Maya DiMeo and their three children. Their oldest son has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair and can’t speak. Actor Micah Fowler has cerebral palsy in real life (unlike his character J.J., he can speak.) According to a Washington Post article, Fowler is a groundbreaker in a TV landscape where actors without disabilities typically portray characters with disabilities. Click here to read the Washington Post article


OOD By the Numbers

Vocational Rehabilitation


                                                                 Current                     FFY2017

Individuals in Job Ready Status:            2,966                            398

(For county level information

& map visit our website)


Individuals Employed:                             2,424                            348

(Employed, not yet

successfully closed)


Successful Closures:                                                                    385

(Employed for over 90 days,

case closed successfully)


Disability Determination


(FFY2017 as of 10/14/2016 – Week 2)


Applications Received:                                                             6,556


Determinations:                                                                         6,205


Productivity Per Work Year (PPWY)                                           296.3

(Total number of cases processed divided

by the number of work years funded)