Weekly Focus December 16, 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

December 16, 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:

LeanOhio Video Features OOD as Model of Success

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The success of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is featured in a LeanOhio video.


Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is featured in a LeanOhio video as a model of success. Check out the video at http://ood.ohio.gov/.


Since 2012, through the support of LeanOhio, OOD has realized significant process improvements and cost savings by utilizing Lean Six Sigma tools and methodologies. This has resulted in better services and outcomes for Ohioans with disabilities at an even lower cost per case.


Lean Six Sigma is a method that provides organizations with the tools to improve the capability of their business processes. For more information, visit http://lean.ohio.gov/ and see how to help make state government services simpler, faster, better and less costly.

New Requirements Promote Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

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Section 511 of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) places limitations on the payment of subminimum wage to individuals with disabilities by employers who hold special wage certificates under Section 14 (c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


These new WIOA requirements are intended to ensure individuals with disabilities in subminimum wage employment have access to career counseling and information and referral services at least annually. These services are designed to promote opportunities for competitive integrated employment.  


OOD has dedicated seven new staff members headquartered across the state to provide these career counseling and information and referral services for thousands of individuals in subminimum wage employment. Last week, OOD hosted a webinar about the agency’s efforts to implement these new requirements for approximately 200 attendees, including certificate holders and other agencies.


For additional information, including the career counseling curriculum, visit http://ood.ohio.gov/Programs/Career-Resources.

NFB-NEWSLINE Now Offering Additional Job Searches and Shopping Circulars

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB)-NEWSLINE is a read-aloud phone service sponsored by OOD and is available to any Ohioan with physical, visual or other reading difficulties creating barriers to newspaper access. It offers more than 350 newspapers, 20 breaking news sources, 63 magazines, television listings, weather updates and job listings through http://www.careerbuilder.com/ and https://www.usajobs.gov/, the federal government's official source for job listings. Searches can be customized by radius from a zip code, category and salary range. Subscribers can also set up multiple profiles.


NFB-NEWSLINE has expanded shopping circulars in time for the holidays, now including both Walmart and Target. For more information or to register for NFB-NEWSLINE, visit http://www.nfbnewsline.org. If you need assistance, call 866-504-7300.

50 Best Websites for Audio Book Addicts

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If you love reading but hate the strain on your eyes, then check out the world of audio books at http://book-reviewsblog-bookworm.blogspot.com/2009/08/50-best-websites-for-audio-book-addicts.html.  

Did You Know? Parenting with a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in conjunction with the National Council on Disability have released Parenting with a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit. The toolkit covers issues parents with disabilities face, including adoption and foster care, child welfare, family law and what is required by law from government services. The toolkit also spotlights actions taken across the nation to protect the parental rights of those with disabilities.


For more information, visit  http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=93195286&msgid=829659&act=1OQJ&c=654309&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncd.gov%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2FDocuments%2FFinal%2520508_Parenting%2520Toolkit_Plain%2520Language_0.pdf>.

OOD By the Numbers


Vocational Rehabilitation


                                                                 Current                     FFY2017

Individuals in Job Ready Status:           2,886                        1,398

For county level information

& map, visit our website.


Individuals Employed:                            2,363                        1,325

Employed, not yet

successfully closed


Successful Closures:                                                               1,346    

Employed for over 90 days,

case closed successfully


                                         Disability Determination

                                (FFY 2017 as of 12/09/2016 – Week 10)


Applications Received:                                                          35,157  


Determinations:                                                                      37,301


Productivity Per Work Year (PPWY)                                          360.6

Total number of cases processed divided

by the number of work years funded