OOD Council Holds First Meeting, OOD Helps Man Get Employed at Place He Loves, DDD Hosts Open House

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

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OOD Council Holds First Meeting



The Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Council held its first meeting on August 15. Dr. Carolyn Peters was elected chair of the Council and Dr. JW Smith was elected vice-chair. Program Deputy Directors gave an overview of OOD’s vocational rehabilitation and business relations efforts, and provided information about OOD's Progress Report Card.


The new Council consists of 16 members appointed by Governor John Kasich and replaces three separate entities. It follows criteria established by the federal government, including that a majority of the members have a disability. The purpose of the Council is to provide feedback to OOD on its Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired programs.


The next OOD Council meeting is scheduled for November 14. For a list of Council members, visit OOD Council.

OOD Helps Man Get Employed at the Place He Loves



Kenny Music is excited to be working at his local Taco Bell. He contacted OOD last year to see about getting a job specifically at that restaurant.

OOD Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Stefanie Motter had previously helped Kenny find employment at that Taco Bell and was happy to work with him again when he moved back to Lima.


“Kenny has always been easy to work with. He’s very enthusiastic about working,” said Motter.


OOD provided Kenny with job development services, job coaching, job retention, and transportation for the first two weeks of his employment. He was also provided with a safety vest for when he cleans up the parking lot and a visual flip book of the tasks he completes during work.


“Thank you for everything you have done for me,” Kenny said to Motter.

Kenny continues to enjoy going to work and being with his coworkers.


For more information about how OOD can assist you on your employment path, visit  OODWorks.com. 

DDD Hosts Open House

OOD’s Division of Disability Determination (DDD) recently hosted an open house recruiting event, following the posting for multiple Disability Claims Adjudicator (DCA) positions. Approximately 60 guests attended the event, which included information sharing and an office tour. Human Resources professionals were on hand to review resumes, screen in applicants, explain benefits, and assist with the online application process.  


The Social Security Administration (SSA) authorized new hiring based on DDD’s positive performance. DCAs process medical claims for Social Security disability and require high levels of organization, analytical skills and computer proficiency. Last year, DDD served more than 181,000 Ohioans who filed for disability. SSA’s goal for 2018 is to process 164,345 disability cases.  

Coming in October – OOD Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month



Celebrated in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is held to raise awareness on disability employment issues and celebrate the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. In recognition of NDEAM, OOD will spread the word across the state about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.


OOD will host five job fairs for agency job-seekers and employers that are specifically looking to hire individuals with disabilities. The job fairs will be held in Cincinnati (Oct. 3), Toledo (Oct. 10), Columbus (Oct. 17), Canton (Oct. 24) and Cleveland (Oct. 30). 


In addition, select employers will be recognized with the OOD Employer Partners of Inclusion Awards that will honor companies who demonstrate diversity and inclusion best practices in the workplace. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on these events and awards.

September is National Service Dog Month

Robert Hooper and service dog Bailey


September is recognized as National Service Dog Appreciation Month. Dogs prove their value to the disability community from alerting someone who is deaf to a knock on the door, to guiding an individual who is blind around a tricky sidewalk, to warning an individual who has seizures of an oncoming episode or picking up something an individual who is in a wheelchair has dropped.


Service dog Bailey helps former OOD Youth Leadership Forum delegate Robert Hooper navigate around The Ohio State University campus as Robert pursues his law degree.


If you would like to support programs that train dogs for individuals with disabilities, click on the links below:

·        Canine Companions for Independence in Delaware

·        Circle Tail in Butlerville

·        Freedom Paws Assistance Dogs in Marysville

·        Pilot Dogs in Columbus

·        4 Paws for Ability in Xenia

Help Prevent Falls Among Older Ohioans: Participate in 10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls Walk

10 million steps

On September 21, the Ohio Department of Aging will celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day by holding its annual 10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls fitness walk. This effort will raise awareness about falls and how to help older residents reduce their risk. The number of participants and miles walked during this event will be counted toward the state’s goal of 10 million steps statewide. OOD staff proudly participate in this effort every year.


Falls are an epidemic among older citizens. In fact, one in three Ohioans over age 60 will fall this year, and someone is injured in a fall every five minutes. Age-related eye diseases can increase the chances of experiencing a fall. OOD’s Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired offers services through its Independent Living Older Blind program to promote the independence and self-sufficiency for qualifying Ohio citizens.


To find out more about participating in the 10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls or the Ohio Department of Aging’s STEADY U Ohio falls prevention initiative, visit Steady U.

Annual Report

OOD is proud to present its 2017-2018 annual report. Read about OOD's accomplishments since Governor Kasich took office, find out how the agency is helping individuals with disabilities find employment, how the Business Relations Team is partnering with employers around the state to hire those individuals, and how the agency continues to lead the nation in the number of cases processed in the new Social Security Administration Disability Claims Processing System. Check out the OOD annual report

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The services described are funded, in part, with federal funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) under the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Supported Employment Services, and the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who are Blind (OIB) programs. For purposes of the VR program, the federal VR grant paid 78.7% of the total costs of the program. In federal fiscal year (FFY) 2018, the VR agency received $100,336,097 in federal VR funds. Funds appropriated by the state paid 21.3% of the total costs $27,155,767 under the VR program.

The Pre-Employment Transition Services provided under the VR program, described, are funded 100% through a grant from the U.S. DOE. For FFY 2018, the total amount of grant funds used for these services is $15,050,415.


For purposes of the Supported Employment program (youth with a disability program), federal funds paid 100% of the total costs. In FFY 2018, the VR agency received $303,725 in federal supported employment funds (youth with a disability program).


For purposes of the Supported Employment program, federal funds paid 95% of the total costs. In FFY 2018, the VR agency received $303,725 in federal Supported Employment funds. State appropriated funds paid 5% $33,747 of the total costs under the Supported Employment program.


For purposes of the OIB program, federal funds paid 90% of the total costs incurred under the program. In FFY 2018, the agency received $1,174,400 in federal grant funds for this program. Funds appropriated by the State paid 10% $130,489 of the total costs incurred under the OIB program.


The services described are funded, in part, with federal funds awarded by Health and Human Services (HHS) under the independent living (IL) program. For purposes of the federal IL program the federal grant paid 90% of the total costs of the program. In FFY 2018, OOD received $632,411 in federal IL funds. Funds appropriated by the state paid 10% of the total costs $70,268 under the IL program.

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