Weekly Focus March 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

March 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:

Sight Centers of Ohio Day of Advocacy at the Statehouse

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At the Statehouse for Blindness and Low Vision Awareness Day, OOD Director Kevin Miller (second from left) met with (from left to right) Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired CEO John Mitchell, Sight Center of NW Ohio Executive Director Stacey Miller and Cleveland Sight Center President and Executive Director Larry Benders.


On Wednesday, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Director Kevin Miller spoke at the Sight Centers of Ohio Day of Advocacy at the Statehouse. Activities included meetings with legislators, hands-on events for legislators, interactive simulation goggles for common vision problems, how to use a white cane, demonstration of assistive technology products, and activities focusing on daily tasks that are challenging for individuals with vision loss. 


Director Miller stated the importance of individuals with visual impairments having the resources they need. He said, “OOD and the Sight Centers' partnership is an important piece in making sure these individuals get the services they need. Those that have visual impairments need to have every opportunity as those with sight.”


Cleveland Sight Center President and Executive Director Larry Benders expressed the importance of the partnership between the Sight Centers of Ohio and OOD. He said, “We’re a system. If we can do more together, OOD can do more for people with low vision.”


For more information about OOD’s services for the visually impaired, visit http://ood.ohio.gov/Core-Services/BSVI.

Finding Work Motivates One Young Man to Become a Shining Star

Reggie Jones cooking at Denny’s Flying J Travel Plaza.


Reggie Jones was tired of staying home without much to do. He had not worked since 2001. This all changed after he contacted OOD last summer and was connected with Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Dawn Coleman. Reggie wanted to try working as a dishwasher, so Coleman set up a community based assessment at Denny’s Flying J Travel Plaza.  


During the assessment, Reggie did very well. He picked up the tasks quickly and was even able to try out the cook position. The managers were impressed with his work and on the third day of the assessment, he was asked to complete an application for a full-time cook position.


Denny’s Flying J General Manager Blake Fitch said, “Reggie has prevailed and has cooked 26-27 tickets in an hour. That’s impressive for any cook! He’s definitely one of our best cooks here.”


Reggie said, “I haven’t missed any days. The managers are all happy.” Reggie got a 50 cent raise and was able to move to a new home closer to his work. He was very appreciative of the assistance provided by OOD. “You guys have done a lot to help me out. Thanks a lot!” said Reggie.


For more information about how OOD can help you find or retain a job, visit http://oodworks.com/. 

OOD Embarks on New Communications Approach


As we strive to improve outreach and efficiencies in the communication efforts of OOD, we want to inform you of the changes that are coming to the Weekly Focus e-newsletter and our social media pages. With the need to get information out more quickly, we will be embarking on a multi-pronged approach to interact with businesses, partners, employees and those we serve.


There will now be a variety of options to find out what’s going on at OOD. For example: the Weekly Focus e-newsletter will become a monthly publication and will feature stories of employment successes, job opportunities, statewide partnerships, advocacy and policy efforts, and much more. You will see a more robust effort on social media that will highlight up-to-the-minute items with links and videos on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.


OOD Director Kevin Miller feels these enhancements will help OOD meet the expectations of those who are interested in the agency and hopefully introduce OOD to those that don’t know us. “When I started at OOD six years ago, the Focus e-newsletter was designed as a weekly publication to inform people how the agency was quickly changing. As OOD has evolved, so has the way we need to communicate. These new efforts will provide the opportunity to get more in-depth information or brief, timely updates about what’s going on at OOD.”


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Connect To OOD – Director Miller Participates in #MyEmploymentFirst



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 OOD Director Kevin Miller participating in the DODD #MyEmploymentFirst campaign to celebrate the five year anniversary of Employment First. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Did You Know? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Approved Amendments


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved amendments to the Level One, Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF), and Individual Options (IO) Medicaid Waivers. For additional details and frequently asked questions, visit 


OOD By the Numbers


Vocational Rehabilitation


                                                                 Current                     FFY2017

Individuals in Job Ready Status:           3,179                        3,147

For county level information

& map, visit our website.


Individuals Employed:                            1,971                        2,611

Employed, not yet

successfully closed


Successful Closures:                                                               2,898    

Employed for over 90 days,

case closed successfully


                                         Disability Determination

                                (FFY 2017 as of 3/10/2017 – Week 23)


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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