NEWS RELEASE: OOD to Host “The Employers’ Reasonable Accommodation Handbook” Webinar Series for Employers

(COLUMBUS, OH) — Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) today announced “The Employers’ Reasonable Accommodation Handbook,” a six-part webinar series to help employers identify ways to provide reasonable accommodations for all disability types.

“As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990, I had the honor of voting for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal opportunities to work and participate in all aspects of society,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Reasonable accommodations are an important part of the ADA, empowering qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their jobs.”

“OOD can support employers in maintaining the productivity of individuals with disabilities in the workplace,” said Kevin Miller, OOD Director. “Reasonable accommodations are often surprisingly simple and cost-effective, mutually benefitting both the employer and employee with a disability.”

The webinar series corresponds with Governor DeWine’s Executive Order 2019-03D, which established Ohio as a Disability Inclusion State and Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities, OOD’s Inclusive Employer Toolkit, and the Governor’s Inclusive Employer Award criteria. The series will conclude with a session on “What Can I Ask and Why” to help employers effectively provide reasonable accommodations and foster disability-inclusive workplaces.

       July 21, 2022:               Intellectual Disabilities

       August 18, 2022:           Physical Disabilities

       September 14, 2022:     Mental Health Disabilities

       October 19, 2022:         Neurodiversity at Work

       November 17, 2022:      Sensory Disabilities

       December 14, 2022:      What Can I Ask and Why?

All webinars begin at 10 a.m. and will be Microsoft Teams Live events. Each webinar will be recorded and archived for on-demand viewing. Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) credits will be available for attendees of the live broadcast. More information, including the link to join, can be found here.

OOD is the state agency responsible for empowering Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence. www.OOD.Ohio.Gov.