Interactive Employer Toolkit Released

A new interactive “toolkit” makes it easier for Ohio employers to recruit, hire and retain qualified workers with disabilities. "Hiring Ohioans with Disabilities: a Toolkit for Employers, Managers and Human Resource Professionals" was produced by OOD and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). It was created in response to a recommendation of the Ohio Workforce Integration Task Force (WIT), which Governor John R. Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly created in 2014. The toolkit is now available online at here.

During the work of the task force, it became evident that Ohio employers need a clear, consistent and practical resource that outlines how best to tap into the skilled and motivated workforce individuals with disabilities represent. Hiring Ohioans with Disabilities meets the need by compiling a great deal of information into one convenient, easily accessible location.

Employers can download the toolkit to learn about the following topics and more:

  • Best practices from Ohio’s top employers;
  • Tax incentives for hiring workers with disabilities;
  • Free sources of consultation and assistance;
  • Making reasonable workplace accommodations;
  • Offering more flexible work arrangements;
  • Interacting with people with disabilities;
  • Recruiting and accommodating veterans with disabilities;
  • Using job coaches to help workers with disabilities;
  • Managing disability leave;
  • Accommodating service animals in the workplace.


Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) have developed joint guidance for both County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) staff about the referral process for vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

This document provides guidance on: how to utilize vocational rehabilitation & HCBS waiver funding for employment services, when to refer an individual to OOD, and what information to include in the referral packet to OOD to expedite eligibility.

Event Calendar


ACRE Approved Basic Employment Services Certificate Web-Based Training Series

8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
On-Line, OH

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Employment First: Marketing and Employer Engagement- Columbus

9:00 am - 4:15 pm EST
Columbus, OH

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Employment First: Job Support and Training- Columbus

9:00 am - 4:15 pm EST
Columbus, OH

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Talent Matters: Fostering Disability-Inclusive Outreach and Recruitment Strategies

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
Online, OH

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Free Webinar Series: #1 Perfecting the Art of the Informational Interview

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EST
On-Line, OH

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