Ohio's Disability Inclusion Program (ODI) was established by Governor Mike DeWine on May 23, 2019. In accordance with Executive Order 2019-03D, the mission of ODI is to establish and maintain Ohio as a disability inclusion state and model employer of individuals with disabilities.
Under the leadership of James Clinkscale, State ADA Coordinator, ODI launched the Action.Access.Attitude model to support statewide disability inclusion and talent acquisition initiatives.
Ohio's Disability Inclusion Program assists state agencies in:
- Identifying and eliminating barriers to access, inclusion, and employment.
- Increasing knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Enhancing disability awareness.
- Promoting and sharing hiring best practices and inclusion strategies.
State agencies under the purview of the Governor include disability inclusion as part of their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategic planning for recruitment, retention, policy development and accessibility. State employees have an opportunity to participate in training and related activities to build and sustain a culture of inclusion.