COLUMBUS—State Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville), working with the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, successfully passes legislation that modernizes and consolidates three duplicative bodies into the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Council with the help of the General Assembly and Governor Kasich.
"It is important for our state to continuously take steps to be more effective in our services to the public," said Burke. "This ensures that Ohioans living with disabilities have the strongest possible voice while capitalizing on opportunities for greater efficiency in bringing these three entities together for a unified purpose."
The new consolidated council will advise and assist state programs and services for aiding persons with disabilities to find and maintain employment. Replacing the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Commission, the Consumer Advisory Committee, and the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities, the legislation establishes a 15-member council comprised of persons with disabilities as well as disability advocates.
Initial appointments to the council must be made by the governor, and permits subsequent appointment authority to be delegated to the Executive Director of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD).