DRO submits comments on bill to create OOD Council
September 21, 2017 / #AdvocacyMatters
Disability Rights Ohio recently submitted interested party testimony on Ohio Senate Bill 144 (SB144), which would replace the current Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Commission with an Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Council (Council). OOD is the state agency that administers vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to Ohioans with disabilities, helping them find and maintain work in their communities.
The new Council will serve as the state rehabilitation council for OOD. SB 144 requires the majority of members of the Council be people with disabilities, which will allow for direct input and oversight from people with disabilities in the provision of VR services in Ohio. The new Council will also help ensure a more efficient and effective VR system allowing people with disabilities the ability to live and work in their communities.