Weekly Focus February 17, 2017

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

February 17, 2017

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:

Project SEARCH: Transitioning from High School to Employment

project search


Collaborations between Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), local schools, businesses and other providers make it possible for youth to obtain needed experience and skills necessary for competitive employment. One of these collaborations is Project SEARCH - a one-year high school transition program that provides training and education that leads to employment for individuals with disabilities.


The cornerstone of Project SEARCH is total immersion into a participating large business. Each day, students report to the host business and learn employable skills. Students also participate in progress meetings with OOD to define their career goals and plan necessary steps to achieve those goals.


OOD provides individual career guidance, job coaching and other supports for students to gain competitive employment. In addition, managers at the internship sites work with the Project SEARCH instructors and job coaches to support the students.


OOD knows that engaging students with disabilities at an earlier age gives them a much greater chance for success throughout life. Project SEARCH sites are doing a wonderful job of training individuals with disabilities for competitive employment and independence. 


To get started on a path to employment, individuals with disabilities can visit OODWORKS.com.


Check out this recent Project SEARCH article in the Delaware Gazette: http://delgazette.com/top-stories/48110/project-search-helps-people-in-lifes-journey.

OODWORKS.com Gives New Options to Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and to Update Case Information



OOD launched a new job portal in October 2016 called OODWORKS.com. This online tool provides information about what vocational rehabilitation (VR) actually involves, allows individuals with disabilities the opportunity to take a self-assessment and apply for services. This is a more streamlined process and is a great tool for anyone with a disability who is interested in getting a job or keeping a current job.


In an effort to reduce roadblocks for many who could benefit from VR services, such as transportation, this new portal can help a person start the process without having to visit an office. Once the individual is registered, it provides an interactive option to update information such as a phone number, address, email and even medical information significant to their case. 


After the individual or referring source completes the online application, an OOD staff member will contact the individual 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. Start your journey to employment today by visiting OODWORKS.com.

Age-related Macular Degeneration is the Leading Cause of Blindness Among Older Americans


Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans. AMD is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain.


During the month of February, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding people with AMD that they can save their vision thanks to recent treatment advances. Early detection is a critical first step. For more information, visit https://www.macular.org/?gclid=COez6qrKjdICFUKewAodTfgKeg.

Did You Know? Ten Abstract Paintings Will be Translated into Sonic iPad Touch Screen Apps and Tactile Models

blind spot


Starting this weekend, Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception will feature 10 abstract paintings from the Massillon Museum collection. Each painting will be translated into sonic iPad touch screen apps and tactile models. Typewritten and Braille labels, produced by Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, will enhance the experience. For more information, visit http://www.massillonmuseum.org/blindspot.

President's Day

presidents day

In observance of President’s Day, OOD offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017.

OOD By the Numbers


Vocational Rehabilitation


                                                                 Current                     FFY2017

Individuals in Job Ready Status:           3,182                        2,653

For county level information

& map, visit our website.


Individuals Employed:                            1,937                        2,114

Employed, not yet

successfully closed


Successful Closures:                                                               2,462    

Employed for over 90 days,

case closed successfully


                                         Disability Determination

                                (FFY 2017 as of 2/10/2017 – Week 19)


Applications Received:                                                          64,269  


Determinations:                                                                      69,233


Productivity Per Work Year (PPWY)                                       355.7

Total number of cases processed divided

by the number of work years funded 

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