Newly sworn in Gov. Mike DeWine signs executive order on disability hiring at state agencies, job development

By Erich Hiner, OACB
Published Monday, January 14, 2019 12:00 pm

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:

  1. Creates a statewide ADA coordinator position within the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to advise all state executive agencies on disability rights laws and policies;
  2. Requires state agencies to review their hiring practices every year and identify and eliminate barriers to employment for people with disabilities;
    Directs all state agencies to adopt policies prohibiting disability-based discrimination;
  3. Requires state agencies to work with the ADA coordinator and OOD to create disability hiring goals and to collect and review self-reported data from state employees to measure disability hiring progress;
  4. Mandates regular disability etiquette and awareness training for state employees;
  5. Directs the Office of Information Technology to review the state’s online job application portal to ensure it is accessible to people with disabilities; and
  6. Requires the Department of Job and Family Services to explore creating digital tools to match people with disabilities to jobs in the private sector.

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.

Image courtesy of the Ohio Governor's Office

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