Weekly Focus March 10, 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 10, 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:

Young Adult Gains Independence Through Work with OOD

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Rick and Doreen Schostek with their son Greg (center).


Rick and Doreen, parents of 29-year-old Greg Schostek, are very excited that their son is working and self-sufficient. Greg has autism. “It was a challenge to find a job for Greg in the community and in a controlled environment,” said Rick. OOD worked with Greg and his parents to find Greg a job in the laundry department at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin. “He folds towels better than we do,” said Rick. “Greg is task-oriented and this job is a great fit for him,” said Doreen.


The Schosteks say it was great working with OOD. "We always hoped that Greg would be able to be independent, and thanks to OOD, that's now a reality," said Rick. "OOD Counselor Melinda Wingard provided him with the necessary resources and supports that helped him get a job in the community.” Greg lives on his own with a roommate and has a caregiver.


The Schostek family will be featured in an upcoming OOD series of business relations videos. For more information about OOD services, visit http://oodworks.com/.

Darke County Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Breakfast

OOD Director Kevin Miller speaking at the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ inaugural March DD Awareness Breakfast and Employer/Volunteer Appreciation event.


OOD Director Kevin Miller was invited to speak at the inaugural Darke County Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Breakfast and Employer/Volunteer Appreciation event on Thursday. The breakfast, sponsored by the Darke County Board of DD, was held in honor of March DD Awareness Month.


Darke DD Superintendent Mike Beasecker opened the event with remarks about the tremendous progress being made in Darke County to help individuals with developmental disabilities contribute to their community through employment and volunteering opportunities. Several area businesses and other partners were recognized for their role in supporting these connections.


Director Miller communicated the importance of hiring individuals with disabilities and the benefits to the individual, the community and the bottom line for businesses. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Director John Martin also addressed the crowd and shared a personal story about respecting choices in how people are supported to live their lives. Darke County Economic Development Director Mike Bowers concluded the round of speakers and shared how individuals with disabilities play a vital role in the Darke County economy.

Creating Accessible Documents with Microsoft Word


OOD recently launched an e-learning training that provides a guided, hands-on learning experience to help make Word documents accessible for people with disabilities. Each lesson includes one or more narrated software demonstration that shows accessibility features and best practices for Microsoft Word. For more information on how to make Microsoft Word documents accessible for people with disabilities, visit http://ood.ohio.gov/accessibledocuments/index.html.

Connect To OOD – Fashion Model with Down Syndrome

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Connect To OOD on Facebook and Twitter to see how individuals with disabilities are finding successful employment and other related information. This post on our Facebook page highlights a young woman with Down Syndrome who is a fashion model and designer. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Did You Know? Teachable Moments Serves Adults 40+ Who Have Visual Impairments



Teachable Moments is a nonprofit that serves adults age 40+ in the central Ohio area who are blind or experiencing vision loss. For more information, visit www.teachablemoments.us.

OOD By the Numbers


Vocational Rehabilitation


                                                                 Current                     FFY2017

Individuals in Job Ready Status:           3,215                        3,060

For county level information

& map, visit our website.


Individuals Employed:                            1,956                        2,476

Employed, not yet

successfully closed


Successful Closures:                                                               2,785    

Employed for over 90 days,

case closed successfully


                                         Disability Determination

                                (FFY 2017 as of 3/3/2017 – Week 22)


Applications Received:                                                          74,264  


Determinations:                                                                      79,691


Productivity Per Work Year (PPWY)                                       355.1

Total number of cases processed divided

by the number of work years funded 

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