Minutes after being sworn in the early morning of Monday, January 14, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order issuing several new directives for state agencies related to disability hiring practices and job development.
“The whole purpose is to everything that we can within our power to make sure that people with disabilities have the opportunity for employment—both inside state government and outside state government,” Governor DeWine said during a midnight inauguration ceremony at his family home in Greene County.
Executive Order 2019-03D does the following:
Click here to read the full text of the executive order.
While Ohio’s state agencies must already comply with state and federal anti-discrimination laws, DeWine’s order to codify these standards at the agency level and explore ways to remove barriers for jobseekers with disabilities and expand accessible job hunting tools is a positive first step for the new administration. OACB is encouraged that the employment interests of people with disabilities appear to be high on the new governor’s agenda with this early action.
DeWine signed five other executive orders shortly after being sworn into office. Click here to read about the other orders. Click here to watch a video of Governor DeWine’s swearing-in ceremony and the signing of the orders from the Ohio Channel.
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