OOD's Fifth Business Relations Video Workforce Success Stories.
- - At Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities,
we talk all the time about what our purpose
is, what our mission is, which is to help
individuals with disabilities find a job and
But more importantly as we go through that
journey, we hear from those individuals with
disabilities that we've assisted, and how
they've gained a foothold in the community
and gained a purpose.
Let's hear from some of them.
- In 2011, I had an issue with my eye and
several eye surgeries later I found out that
I couldn't drive a truck anymore.
So I had to look for a new job, a new career.
- This is Greg.
Greg's a 29 year old adult who has autism.
And our challenge as he entered the adult
world was to find a good job for him.
- I didn't think it would be that difficult
to find a job.
After about nine months, I realized so many
employers were not wheelchair accessible,
but I've discovered they were expecting you
to be much more mobile in the community.
- We'd heard about OOD early on, even when
Greg was in high school and they were working
on transition with us and helping us think
about him in adulthood.
So we knew about OOD and the good reputation,
so it was easy to plug in to that.
- So online I found OOD.
And they had mentioned that they help the
visually impaired start over, training, or
whatever we need.
So I pursued that.
- They have supported me every way, in every
way, with training, with opportunity.
- We were very fortunate that Greg found a
job at an internationally known hotel where
Greg is a laundry attendant.
- Here at Huntington I am a phone bank representative,
and what I do, is I have the privilege of
being able to help various individuals resolve
their various financial issues.
- And Greg what do you do at Crown?
What do you do?
And what kinda laundry?
- Pillowcases, napkins, towels, and the sheets.
- Pillowcases, napkins, towels, and sheets,
And do you fold 'em up nice?
- You do a good job?
- Very proud, good.
- What brought me in this wheelchair was a
car crash and 2006.
And I have to struggle with a lot of things.
So having this job was a miracle for me.
- The greatest thing that I can say is that
it's given me stability.
- Not only is a great investment for your
employee, but the social and the ethical pluses
affiliated with having a disabled employee,
or allowing a blind vendor to come in, and
do a food service opportunity in your factory,
in your office building is, you are giving
somebody, not just a career, but you're giving
them a life.
- It helped me gain financial independence,
I recently bought a home that's wheelchair
accessible, and it's given me a lot of financial
freedom that I don't know if I would've had
had I not found employment here.
- The positive fact was, I was facing no job
And it's been five years and I've added two
employees and every year has been better than
the year before.
And we were able to keep our home and keep
on living and starting over is hard, but OOD
really made it a lot easier.
- I would recommend to corporations who are
considering a relationship with OOD, first of all,
you have nothing to lose.
OOD is committed to your companies.
They are committed to the individuals with
whom they are recommending to you.
And they are committed to the community as
- If there's employers that are thinking about
partnering with OOD, I think they would find
there's a lot of highly motivated, highly
capable people that we serve, that are just
dying to prove themselves and prove their
worth to an employer, to demonstrate they
have these skills, they have these capabilities.
- First of all what employers need to understand,
is that employment means more to somebody
with a disability than it does somebody who's
- And I also think that once they find the
right person, they'll find someone that is
willing to put in the extra mile, a committed
and dedicated employee that they may not realize
- So Greg began his job about a year ago.
And at that point OOD didn't just fade away,
they continued on with some job coaching support,
but we know that they're there.
The next time we need to think about another
opportunity for Greg, either where he is now
moving up, or if we think his skills would
be better elsewhere.
So we've been kept well-informed by OOD and
we know where to find them and we know the
quality of the services they provide.
- So what I would say, is jump in there, give
them a chance, and allow them to prove that
commitment to you.