Weekly Focus March 24, 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 24, 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:

One Individual Starts a Business and Helps Another Find Employment

Jacqueline Scolaro (right) meets with Taylor Hetrick.


In 1991, Jacqueline Scolaro’s heart was failing and she was eventually placed on a heart transplant list. After receiving a heart in May 1997, Jacqueline’s goal was to get a degree in social work to help individuals who have a disability. She contacted OOD and the agency provided her with a computer and technical training. Jacqueline attended college and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work. In 2010, after receiving her independent license to practice social work, she started her own business in Canton called Heart Transactions Counseling Services.  


With the help and support of her husband Rick, her business expanded. She hired OOD job seeker and social worker Taylor Hetrick. Jacqueline said, “Taylor was not only qualified for the position, but she also thrives despite her disability. Social work is becoming more digital and Taylor is very comfortable with the electronic languages. I know the office is in good hands.” Congratulations Jacqueline and Taylor!


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

Preparing Students with Disabilities for Work


The Ohio Transition Support Partnership (OTSP) with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) allows OOD to serve more students with disabilities than ever before. Through OTSP, VR staff have an increased presence in each of the 91 career technical planning districts and other school districts statewide. OTSP is a key priority for OOD’s State Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget with the additional funding enabling OOD to continue its engagement with students with disabilities at a younger age, giving them a head start on becoming job ready and better prepared to enter the workforce with necessary skills. For more information, visit http://ood.ohio.gov/Partnerships/OTSP.

OOD Ramps Up Social Media


Look for an increased OOD presence on social media as we begin a multi-pronged approach to interact with businesses, partners, employees and those we serve. Our social media efforts will now feature many of the items you may have typically seen in our Weekly Focus e-newsletter. Additionally, the OOD Facebook and Twitter pages will highlight more up-to-the-minute features with links and videos. Connect to OOD on social media and see videos and photos from our job fairs, employer recognition events, the Youth Leadership Forum, and comments from Director Kevin Miller. Our Weekly Focus e-newsletter will become a monthly publication starting in April and will feature stories of employment successes, job opportunities, statewide partnerships, advocacy and policy efforts, and much more.


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Connect To OOD – Proposed Law Would Help Police Interact with Individuals with Communication Disabilities


Connect to OOD on Twitter and Facebook to see items like this post about a new bill introduced that could help interactions between law enforcement and people with communication disabilities.


Proposed Law

DDD Presents to Medicaid Managed Care Providers


On March 16th, OOD Division of Disability Determination (DDD) Area Manager Kim Price presented to the Medicaid managed care providers on expediting Supplemental Security Income claims. Price covered application tips, medical evidence requirements, and explained the sequential evaluation of the claims and the functional definition of Social Security Administration disability. Through DDD’s homeless, quick decision and military units, she explained the value of relationships with people and organizations who assist applicants during the claims process.

Did You Know? A New Resource: Assistive Technology for Video Gaming


A new resource called AbleData provides information about accessible game consoles and video games, adaptive controllers and other helpful resources. The information also covers educational and exercise games, and the benefits of video gaming, such as improving cognitive functions. For more information, visit


OOD By the Numbers


Vocational Rehabilitation


                                                                 Current                     FFY2017

Individuals in Job Ready Status:           3,220                        3,326

For county level information

& map, visit our website.


Individuals Employed:                            1,986                        2,728

Employed, not yet

successfully closed


Successful Closures:                                                               3,001    

Employed for over 90 days,

case closed successfully


                                         Disability Determination

                                (FFY 2017 as of 3/17/2017 – Week 24)


Applications Received:                                                          81,276  


Determinations:                                                                      87,492


Productivity Per Work Year (PPWY)                                       358.2

Total number of cases processed divided

by the number of work years funded 

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