Weekly Focus March 3, 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

March 3, 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:

OOD Director Miller Testifies on OOD Budget


Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Executive Director Kevin Miller testified in support of Governor Kasich’s 2018-2019 Executive Budget proposal this past Wednesday. Presenting before the Ohio House Finance Subcommittee of Health and Human Services, Director Miller highlighted the many areas of success the agency has achieved since 2011.


Among these accomplishments are:

  • the elimination of the wait list for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services that impacted more than 17,000 individuals with disabilities. For the first time since 1991, OOD is serving all individuals with disabilities including those currently working but at-risk of losing their job due to the onset of a disability;
  • addressed the outstanding state and federal compliance issues the agency was facing at that time;
  • established accountability metrics for ourselves, as well as our local partners;
  • created a fee schedule for VR services.

While OOD has much to celebrate, we still have more to do. As proposed, this budget request will allow OOD to build upon those successes and face the challenges ahead to effectively serve more Ohioans with disabilities in their pursuit of employment and independence.  For more information about OOD, visit http://ood.ohio.gov/.

NDEAM Job Fair Update

As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) last October, OOD hosted a series of job fairs that matched 759 job seekers with 176 employers. Every month OOD generates a report that shows the status of the participants of the NDEAM job fairs and shows the individuals with disabilities that are in employed or closed rehab status, who they are employed by, their hourly wage, and the amount of hours they work per week. Last month, we hit an important milestone when 17% of the participants were identified as working 90 days after the fair - the typical job fair standard is 16%. This month’s report shows that 21% of our job fair participants are working at an average hourly wage of $10.98 an hour ($2.83 above minimum wage) and 28 hours per week. OOD is looking forward to the job fairs scheduled for this May in Dayton and Akron/Canton and to seeing more positive outcomes.


Our commitment to job seekers does not end when the job fairs close. OOD continues to work with employers and job-ready candidates to find good matches for competitive employment. 

AgrAbility Partnership



OOD partners with Ohio AgrAbility to provide consumers interested in careers in agriculture with the tools and assessments they need to achieve their goals. Ohio AgrAbility’s goals are to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers with disabilities.


AgrAbility came into existence through the 1990 Farm Bill, and has been a leader in assisting individuals with disabilities to find and obtain employment in agricultural related employment. Agriculture consistently ranks as one of the nation’s most dangerous occupations. Each year, workers in Ohio experience injuries that may limit their ability to perform essential tasks. Late onset disability issues are also a concern as farmers age.


Ohio AgrAbility is a partnership between The Ohio State University and Easter Seals. Together with OOD’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program, assessments and other assistance is provided to individuals who are interested in pursuing a job in agriculture. AgrAbility offers peer support, secondary injury prevention, information, materials and educational training sessions. 


For more information about Ohio AgrAbility, visit http://agrability.osu.edu/about/services.


For more information about OOD’s VR program, visit http://oodworks.com/.

Did You Know? Safety and Best Practice Tips for the Gardner or Farmer


Ohio AgrAbility offers informational resources such as fact sheets that provide useful information that can be helpful for Ohio’s farmers and farm families coping with a disability or long-term health conditions. For more information, visit http://agrability.osu.edu/resources/factsheets#main-content.

OOD By the Numbers


Vocational Rehabilitation


                                                                 Current                     FFY2017

Individuals in Job Ready Status:           3,172                        2,869

For county level information

& map, visit our website.


Individuals Employed:                            1,984                        2,350

Employed, not yet

successfully closed


Successful Closures:                                                               2,644    

Employed for over 90 days,

case closed successfully

Disability Determination

(FFY 2017 as of 2/24/2017 – Week 21)


Applications Received:                                                          70,494  


Determinations:                                                                      75,834


Productivity Per Work Year (PPWY)                                       353.4

Total number of cases processed divided

by the number of work years funded 


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