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Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired and Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired and Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation
150 East Campus View Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 438-1200 2 for VR; (Local)
(614) 438-1257 (Fax)
http://www.ood.ohio.gov

Brief Description

OOD - BSVI/BVR is a state/federal program. Through the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired, OOD assists Ohioans age 14 and older towards vocational goals and Ohioans age 55 and older in need of independent living supports. . OOD’s Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation also serves people who have other disabilities, such as mental, physical and emotional disabilities. For more information, call (614) 438-1200 or (800) 282-4536(

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri., 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM excluding federal holidays
Clients served on average per year: VR Eligible Individuals Served for Federal Fiscal Year 2013 was 25, 293
Number of staff: about 1,100
Staff description: Vocational Rehabilitation staff provide intake, career counseling, authorizations to outside vendors and other activities in career search/support. Disability Determination staff evaluate medical evidence for Social Security SSDI and SSI applications; The staff is divided roughly half in VR and half in DDD.
Geographic area served: Ohio statewide
Publications: Weekly Focus and HireGround both available at www.ood.ohio.gov

Locations

161 South High Street
Suite 103
Akron, OH 44308

101 Clinton Street
Suite 1100
Defiance, OH 43512

14650 Detroit Avenue
Suite 300
Lakewood, OH 44107-4210

4300 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43213

Centennial Plaza III
895 Central Avenue
7th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202

924 N. Cable Road
Lima, OH 45805-1798

86 Columbus Road
Suite 103
Athens, OH 45701-1312

816 30th Street NW
Canton, OH 44709

1435 Cincinnati Street
Dayton, OH 45417

242 Federal Plaza West
Suite 403
Youngstown, OH 44503-1210

4304 Old Scioto Trail
Portsmouth, OH 45662-6642

601 Underwood Street
Suite C
Zanesville, OH 43701-3771

2281 Village Mall Drive
Suite A
Mansfield, OH 44906-1159

5241 Southwyck Boulevard
Suite 200
Toledo, OH 43614

Staff

Mindy Duncan, Deputy Director, BSVI, mindy.duncan@ood.ohio.gov
Melinda Duncan, Business Enterprise and Independent Living Programs, melinda.duncan@ood.ohio.gov
Kevin Miller, Executive Director, (614) 438-1214, Kevin.Miller@ood.ohio.gov
Matt Mumma, Deputy Director, Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired, (614) 438-1256, matt.mumma@rsc.ohio.gov
Elizabeth Sammons, Program Administrator, (614) 438-1260, elizabeth.sammons@ood.ohio.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Once an individual is determined to be VR eligible, services provided include, but are not limited to: work assessment; mobility training; medical restoration; vocational development; Braille instruction; career planning; job placement; adaptive equipment; employer assistance; and follow-up support.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to assist individuals with disabilities obtain/maintain employment.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides referral to and assistance with low vision evaluation, supplies and devices.
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