February 2017 – New Options to Apply for BVR and BSVI Services

OODWorks.com Gives Individuals with Disabilities New Options to Apply for BVR and BSVI Services

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) launched a new job portal in late 2016 called OODworks.com. This website allows applicants to learn more about what vocational rehabilitation actually involves, take a self-assessment and apply for services, leading to a more streamlined process.  OODWorks will be a great tool for self-service applications for anyone with a disability who is interested in job preparation, career exploration, job seeking or keeping a current job.

Anyone interested in vocational rehabilitation resources is encouraged to visit www.OODWorks.com .

In an effort to reduce roadblocks for many who could benefit from VR services, such as transportation, this new portal can help a person start the process without having to visit an office. Additionally, once the user is registered, it’s easy using the website to update information such as phone number, address, email and even medical information significant to the case.

The OODWorks video states, “Do you have a disability that makes it hard to get or keep a job? Do you want to work but don’t know where to start? Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities can help! OOD helps people with all types of disabilities who are ready to work, find and keep a job.”

Once the individual or referring source completes the online application, an OOD staff member from a local field office will contact the person to schedule an appointment. Vocational rehabilitation services involve deciding if a person is eligible for services, setting an employment goal, putting the goal into a plan, and getting the necessary job services and training. Just start by Visiting www.OODWorks.com

As always, we maintain the option of calling in to begin an application as well. The statewide toll-free phone number for Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) and Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) services  remains the same: 1-800-282-4536.

This month’s Blog is courtesy of  Elizabeth Sammons and our partners from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD).  More information can be found at www.ood.ohio.gov

For anyone interested in an OOD presentation or further information, please contact Elizabeth.sammons@ood.ohio.gov