Introducing Loop Ohio

Loop Ohio is a web-based community of practice with a focus on promoting best practices in community development and inclusion for people with disabilities. Loop Ohio encourages anyone working in or interested in community inclusion to interact through live virtual conversations, shared resources, leading and participating in webinars, connecting with subject matter experts and more.

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STABLE Account Open

Enrollment is now open for STABLE Accounts - the nation's first savings plan for people with disabilities. With the creation of a STABLE Account, eligible participants are able to save and invest money beyond current asset limits to be spent on qualified expenses such as healthcare, education, housing and transportation – all without affecting participants' eligibility for benefits programs such as Medicaid and SSI.

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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 Employment Services Certificate Training Web-Based Program for Ohio Providers Only- Fall 2016

8:00 am - 10:00 am EST
On-Line , OH

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Job Coach Academy

9:00 am - 4:00 pm EST
Springfield, OH

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WEBINAR: Prospecting

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Tucson , AZ

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Job Development Academy

9:00 am - 4:00 pm EST
Springfield, OH

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WEBINAR: Making a Business Proposal

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Tucson, AZ

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