- AWARD WON: 2020 Finalist
- AWARDEE: Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
- DESIGNEE: State of Ohio
- JURISDICTION: State of Ohio
In 2019, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the proportion of people with disabilities in the workforce was about one-third that of people without disabilities. A longstanding disparity, in 2013, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)—the state of Ohio’s vocational rehabilitation agency—established a business relations program to work throughout the state to raise awareness of the agency and its mission to work with employer partners to promote and support the hiring of individuals with disabilities. By investing in services to business to increase access to in-demand jobs and support to promote a more inclusive workplace, OOD is removing barriers to employment for Ohioans with disabilities.
Through OOD's network of employer partners, business relations specialists identify job opportunities that match job-seekers' skill sets and experience, and also provide services and resources that promote an inclusive and diverse work environment.