Workplace Initiative of Ohio (WIO)

Year 3, 350 Jobs


The Central Ohio Workplace Initiative has been renamed the Workplace initiative of Ohio (WIO) to reflect the expansion of the family foundation funded project across the state.  The purpose of the Workplace Initiative of Ohio (WIO) is to create demand among Ohio businesses for talented career seekers with disabilities in healthcare, hospitality, distribution, banking, retail, and other industries. Employers benefit from streamlined candidate sourcing, pre-screening, training assistance and more.


Program Description


On November 1, 2013, OHBLN and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) began working on a project funded by a grant from a private foundation concerned about the high unemployment rate of individuals with disabilities. The purpose of WIO is to work with businesses to create demand for qualified job seekers with disabilities in distribution, retail, health care and other industries.


  • WIO's 2019-2016 goal is the employment of 350 job seekers employed
  • The OHBLN has created a coalition of universities, colleges, school transition programs and service providers offering employment services to job seekers with learning disabilities
  • OOD is sourcing candidates from among those it serves

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