Director Shares OOD Plans for New Year, Youth Leadership Forum Accepting Application

An update and information report for doctors who provide consultative exams for OOD’s Division of Disability Determination

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Director Shares OOD Plans for New Year



Watch OOD Director Kevin Miller discuss exciting new plans for 2018, including an initiative to implement app-based technology that will help individuals with visual impairments with their navigation needs around a college campus. He also gives an update on the agency's expectation of a new State Rehabilitation Council model. Watch the Director’s video here.

Youth Leadership Forum Now Accepting Applications



The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is now accepting applications for the summer 2018 session. YLF is an annual event hosted by OOD through which high school juniors and seniors with disabilities learn about choosing a career, self-advocacy and leadership development. To learn more about YLF and to apply, visit Youth Leadership Forum.

DDD’s Cooperative Disability Investigations Program

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Program supports OOD’s strategic goal of ensuring the integrity of Social Security programs, with zero tolerance for fraud. The program is a cooperative effort of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), SSA, the state Disability Determinations Services (DDS), and state or local law enforcement. CDI Units investigate individual disability beneficiaries and claimants. The Ohio CDI Unit, housed within OOD, assisted in saving more than $34,000,000 in SSA funds, and other program funds in fiscal year 2017. For more information on the Fraud Prosecution Project and the SSA’s other anti-fraud efforts, visit

Members of the public can report suspected Social Security fraud to the Social Security Fraud Hotline at; send mail to P.O. Box 17768, Baltimore, MD 21235; fax 410-597-0118; or call 800-269-0271 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. 


Ohio DDS Disability Program Specialists Kevin Litman and Jenny Fleming receive recognition of their 10 years of service to the Cleveland CDI Unit.

Link in the Chain Video – Cynthia Crews



Watch Cynthia Crews, the OOD Business Relations Specialist in the agency’s southwest area, share how potential employers are surprised and pleased by the wide range of skills from OOD job seekers. Watch Cynthia’s video here.

Whatever It Takes: Peter’s Story

After Peter was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease, he worked with his employer to balance his work schedule with medical treatments. When he needed to make health his full-time priority, Peter started receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Years later, after a successful kidney transplant, Peter wanted to return to work, but wasn’t sure if his skills and experience were still current. Peter learned that through SSA’s free Ticket to Work program, state vocational rehabilitation agencies and service providers offer a range of support services. Read Peter’s Success Story.

Have a Disability and Want to Work? OOD Can Help!

Did you know that starting your path to employment is as simple as 1, 2, 3. OOD’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program assists individuals with physical, intellectual, mental health and sensory disabilities to get a job or retain employment. If you have a disability and want to work or if you know someone who has a disability and wants to work, visit today to start on the path to employment. 

Long-Standing Business Enterprise Program Gets New Look



Within your daily travels, whether it’s stopping at an interstate rest area or at a state office building, you may have noticed something different about certain vending machines. These vending machines are getting a new, updated look and are owned and operated by OOD's Business Enterprise Program (BEP) participants. The BEP provides entrepreneurship opportunities to persons who are blind or visually impaired to operate vending machines, cafeterias and convenience stores in many federal facilities, as well as some state run locations.


The installation of new signage and machine wraps has been completed at 97 BEP sites. Rebranding will continue in conjunction with the upgrading of equipment and other renovations around the state. “The new branding brings standardization and consistency,” said Christine Hauck, manager of OOD’s Business Enterprise Program. “It displays the program’s mission and purpose.” The rebranding replaces basic signs and shows more extensive information about OOD’s Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI), and directs those interested in more information to OOD's website and the job portal.   

Connect to OOD Social Media

Connect to OOD on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to see items like this story about how we assisted an individual to keep working by helping him get a standing wheelchair. To watch the news story, visit Individual receives special wheelchair.  #ConnectToOOD  #OODWorks 


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